Based on a true story, this is a light hearted look at one man's fight for survival. Norman Cousins (Edward Asner) was a success in all aspects of life - the Dean of New York editors, married to a beautiful wife and father to doting daughters. Fate deals him a terrible blow when he is struck down with a debilitating illness that has the medical experts stumped; all agree on one thing however, that his condition is irreversible. Not accepting this prognosis, Norman takes matters into his own hands and prescribes himself a regime of a positive attitude, with lots of laughter (often at other people's expense) an attitude which helps overcome his illness and ultimately saves his life. A truly inspirational performance by Edward Asner, that leaves you with a smile on your face.