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4 Reasons for Hope in a Changing World

Dr. Perlmutter is joined today by Douglas Abrams, co-author with Jane Goodall to The Book of Hope. Douglas describes finding reasons for hope and happiness in a changing world. Reminding us that even in trying times, there is always a spark of good to be found. And, it is our responsibility as humans to find this within ourselves.

He discusses in depth what the word hope means and 4 ways to find it in life. He also shares Jane Goodall’s insights on humanity’s role in conservation, and how to build a better world for future generations.

About Doug

Douglas Abrams is the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, the first book in the Global Icons Series. Douglas is also the founder and president of Idea Architects, a literary agency and media development company helping visionaries to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.


  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:48 The Book of Hope
  • 7:15 What is Hope?
  • 16:13 Intellect’s Effect on Hope
  • 21:44 Self-Sacrifice and Resilience
  • 28:40 Humanity’s Role in Conservation
  • 40:27 The Power of Future Generations
  • 44:15 The Human Spirit
  • 48:15 Conclusion
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