Three Stories of Hope and Optimism Over Adversity (Updated 4.12.13)

Hope and optimism are powerful aspects of health and wellbeing. They are espoused in positive psychology – the psychology of positive human functioning. A loss of hope and optimism are seen in clinical Depression. I thought that the three videos below show hope and optimism over adversity in ways that are difficult to put into words alone. Nick Vujicic resonates with purpose – so much so that he seems unstoppable – but it wasn’t always that way. Harrison Okene is filmed at the moment he is discovered by divers over 72 hours after being trapped in an airpocket in a capsized tugboat in the Atlantic Ocean. Comedian Geo survives his battle with cancer and tells us how important simple communication with friends and family becomes even though it might be difficult.

Nick Vujicic at TEDx Novi Sad

Harrison Odjegba Okene Found Alive in Airpocket in Sunken Tugboat in Atlantic After 72 Hours

Comedian Geo Talks About the Importance of Communication in his Battle with Cancer

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