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Feature Christmas 2009: Years Like This

Will it all go wrong? Sod’s law and medicine

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5299 (Published 14 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5299

Prescription for Pessimism

Life is unfair. Some people seem blessed with opportunity, while others seem
cursed with obstacles. So it is natural for some people to feel optimistic, while
others feel pessimistic. How can we cope with the deadening, disabling
feelings of pessimism? The trick in life is to turn obstacles into opportunity by
using courage, creativity, and perseverance. It's amazing how often this
formula works, and I encourage all pessimists to give it a try.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

18 December 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA