Faith in Humanity: 10 Studies to Restore Your Hope for the Future

TIME

Reading a lot about the science of human behavior can make you cynical, sometimes deservedly so, but cynical nonetheless.

On this blog I try to be accurate and useful and, as I have posted, research shows there is great power in optimism and hope.

So I want to take a second to step back from brass tacks and take a look at some studies that can renew a faith in humanity.

The world is not always fair. The bad are not always punished and the good do not always prevail.

But there are plenty of reasons, scientifically tested, to have hope and be positive about the future.

1) You Bounce Back Better From Tougher Problems

From a study by Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness:

People rationalize divorces, demotions, and diseases, but not slow elevators and uninspired burgundies. The paradoxical consequence is that people…

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