Michael J. Fox will return to TV as host of a one-hour special featuring his worldwide travels in search of optimism.
“Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist” will highlight the causes for and examples of what makes people happy. From the Far East to the recent inauguration celebrations for president Obama, Fox is on the hunt for clues to the nature of optimism. The show will air on ABC at 10 p.m. Thursday, May 7.
Fox, diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, says, “For everything this disease has taken, something with greater value has been given. So, sure, it may be one step forward and two steps back, but after a time I’ve learned that what is important is making that one step count.”
Fascinated by Bhutan’s commitment to the positive well-being of its citizens, Fox visits the secluded Himalayan nation, a modern day Shangri La that stresses the importance of joy in everything it does.
The whole world, shaken by economic woes, is taking a closer look at optimism. Imagine a country which measures its success with a figure for “Gross National Happiness” instead of Gross National Product.