Additional Resources

The following is a sampling of other online resources related to hope and optimism - some serious, some just for fun. Feel free to write to us with further suggestions!

Academic

The Affective Brain Lab, research lab of optimism researcher Tali Sharot.

B. Cade Massey's pages: Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale School of Management.

Cruel Optimism: A panel discussion at Barnard with Lauren Berlant on her 2011 book. 

Kevin Rand (Associate Professor of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and student of C.R. Snyder’s at the University of Kansas)

Self-Assessments

Gain Hope: Psychologist Anthony Scioli’s website containing various tests for hope as well as summaries of his books and other work, including a Rorschach inkblot test.

This article introduced the LOT-R test, the most widespread test for optimism used in psychology today. Take the LOT-R test for yourself.

Magazine Articles

Optimism Bias Take 1: Tali Sharot summarizes her findings in Time magazine, 2011.

Optimism Bias Take 2: Tali Sharot summarizes her findings in an 18 minute TED talk in February 2012.

Optimism Bias Take 3: Tali Sharot summarizes her findings again in The Washington Post, December 2012.

Perils of Positive Thinking: Barbara Ehrenreich's critique of positive psychology in the pages of Time magazine, 2009.

Popular

Bill Clinton: Why the World is Getting Better: The Case for Optimism: The former president makes his case.

Bastille - "Pompeii" - "How am I'm gonna be an optimist about this?..."

Bright-Sided: Video of Barbara Ehrenreich at the Harvard Bookstore discussing her battle with breast cancer, her critique of the "ideology of optimism," and her book Bright-Sided (2012).

HopeMonger: Shane Lopez is in the education department at Kansas but also runs various popular efforts to reach out to a broader audience. This site contains a lot of those efforts, and even includes an iPhone App.

Hope, the Future and Flourishing, a podcast with Sean Lopez

Non-specialist article in Psychology Today on the uses and abuses of optimism and pessimism in psychology.

Oprah.com does Optimism: A popular interview with Martin Seligman and a few other psychologists.

Optimism Bias website

Positive Psychology UK: A British website devoted to bringing some of the results of the positive psychology movement to the broader public.

The Will and Ways of Hope: Scott Barry Kaufman (NYU, Psychology) provides a summary of recent developments in the study of hope for the readers of Psychology Today.

Why Choose Hope?: During the depths of the financial crisis, Barbara Frederickson (UNC-Chapel Hill) offers a brief popular argument for hope in the pages of Psychology Today.

Just for Fun

Worriers - "Cruel Optimist" - punk song inspired by Lauren Berlant's book Cruel Optimism (2011)

Optimism Apps: Yes, there are apps for desktop, tablet, and smartphone that help you track (and modify?) your level of optimism.