Yes, there is hope!

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Out­liers has al­ways tended to be a glass half-full kind of col­umn. And now, a new study shows that the ten­dency to feel good about the fu­ture isn’t just be­cause spring is fi­nally in the air and the sun is shin­ing.

In fact, no mat­ter where you live, how much you earn or how long you’re ex­pected to live, chances are you be­lieve the fu­ture will be at least as good as, if not bet­ter than, the present.

Shane Lopez, who touts him­self as the “world’s lead­ing re­searcher on hope” on his Web page at the Univer­sity of Kansas’ School of Busi­ness, looked at Gallup World Poll sur­veys of more than 150,000 in­di­vid­u­als in 142 coun­tries, whose in­hab­i­tants are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of 95% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion.

And what they found was that 89% of re­spon­dents ex­pressed op­ti­mism about how their lives would turn out, and the ten­dency to­ward op­ti­mism was ir­re­spec­tive of age, gen­der, ed­u­ca­tion or house­hold in­come.

While there was some coun­try-to-coun­try variation in op­ti­mism lev­els, the re­sults did not seem to be cor­re­lated to gross do­mes­tic prod­uct or life ex­pectancy—and both richer and poorer coun­tries had com­pa­ra­ble lev­els of hope for the fu­ture.

In fact, in ev­ery coun­try but one the ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents had an op­ti­mistic view of what to­mor­row will bring. The re­sults were pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Per­son­al­ity. Mean­while, we at Out­liers just know that this is the year that the Cubs will win the World Se­ries.

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