That's what Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield wants to communicate in a "Guide to Optimism" he posted to ring in the new year. The video is about pausing to reflect, so the space explorer visually represents this by making the world literally 'pause' on its axis for a moment.
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"Nothing's yet perfect," Hadfield opines, "but that shouldn't be cause to bemoan. That should be cause to achieve."
Among the reasons to see things glass half-full, Hadfield lists general health, birth and death rates, literacy rates and technology. All of these have improved over many years, he says.
"We live the way we do because people chose to tackle their problems head-on," he says.
Hadfield finishes the video by stressing the importance of teamwork and encouraging viewers to make a resolution.
He posted the video with this inspiring series of tweets:
It literally is a New Year, and I'm looking at how to change myself. Ideas to know more about, habits to adjust, people to encourage.— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) December 28, 2014
Our restless intellect and dissatisfaction with our failures - how to instill a personal necessity to be responsible, and make a change.— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) December 28, 2014
That's what I'm thinking about this quiet Sunday morning, looking at my plans for 2015. Joy, satisfaction, accomplishment & a little grace.— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) December 28, 2014