The power of pessimism

The power of pessimism: We're told to 'think positive' yet a new book argues we'd be far happier if we embraced negativity PUBLISHED: 23:08 GMT, 1 July 2012 | UPDATED: 23:08 GMT, 1 July 2012 Uplifting self-help books, looking on the bright side and repeating positive affirmations to ourselves – a day never seems to pass when we’re not told to be as upbeat as possible. So why, then, do most people in modern Britain seem to be more stressed, miserable and confused than ever One expert claims to have found the answer.

Alex Reid becomes a "pregnant man" as he tries to emphasise with fiance Chantelle Houghton

'Everything I say and everything I do is wrong': Alex Reid becomes a 'pregnant man' as he tries to empathise with fiance Chantelle Houghton | UPDATED: 13:02 GMT, 29 May 2012 They've had a rocky few weeks, with Chantelle Houghton even moving – albeit briefly – out of their Essex home.