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The positive side of pessimism 11th August 2009
Ariel Leve
Pessimism versus optimism

Ariel Leve has been worrying for as long as she can remember and has always looked on the blighted side of life, an outlook which she shares with readers of her column in the Sunday Times. Sometimes described as a female Woody Allen, her philosophy can be summed up as follows: People like to say it will all work out. But what if it doesn’t? Ariel feels that optimism has cost the world a financial meltdown, and it’s time we took pessimists more seriously. As her book 'The Cassandra Chronicles' is published, Ariel joins Jenni along with Robert Holden, one of the world’s leading coaches on happiness, to explore the relationship between pessimism, optimism and our well being.

'The Cassandra Chronicles', by Ariel Leve, is published by Granta, ISBN: 9781846272035.

'Be Happy: Release the power of happiness in you', by Robert Holden, is published by Hay House, ISBN: 9781848501058
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