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Have You Seen This? An astronaut’s guide to New Year’s optimism

By Martha Ostergar | Posted - Dec. 30, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.



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RESOLUTION CITY — Internet-famous Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has seen the universe from a perspective that most humans won’t see firsthand.

Whether you think this makes him a sort of authority on human existence, he does make a powerful point in this short video about how our collective world achievements positively affect our individual, daily lives.

Hadfield dishes out statistics on increased literacy, eradication of disease and lower infant mortality rates to illustrate his assertion that “Our world is a better place than we often claim it to be.”

But our world isn’t getting better by accident; it’s getting better because “people chose to tackle their problems head-on,” Hadfield says, and individuals work together to achieve higher goals than are possible when working alone.

I fully admit that I’m not one to jump on the New Year’s resolution bandwagon, choosing instead to make changes throughout the year. But maybe this year, under Hadfield’s influence, resolving to see the world more optimistically with my fellow humans can make a wider difference.

“It all starts with a resolution. What’s yours?”

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