What If We Were All Optimists?

Surprise! You’re more optimistic than you think.
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Written by Bahar Gholipour
Produced, Edited and Hosted by Vanessa Hill
Filming by Dominique Taylor
Animations by Jade Tan-Holmes

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Odds of dying: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/injury-facts-chart.aspx and http://driveithome.org/201801-andy-pilgrim-distracted-driving



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