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"At its simplest, optimism is an expectation that good things will happen and that things will work out in the end."

Victor Perton
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Optimists Breakfast at Hurricane Handsome

The Optimist's Breakfast in Port Melbourne

The best way to maintain your optimism and expand your horizons it to surround yourself with optimists!

We had a delicious breakfast in January to celebrate the Year of Joy and the Centre for Optimism's Week of Optimism and Joy. We danced and we sang. We laughed a lot!

February we talked AI and the future of life.

We agreed that a Saturday time was good and we'd like to get together again. We thought we'd gather again with optimism-coloured cocktails (Mimosa) and excellent Melbourne Coffee at Hurricane Handsome.

Saturday 6 May 2023 8 AM AEST
Port Melbourne
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WorkShop: Optimism - The Why and How

Join us via Zoom: Led by Victor Perton and other Presenters from The Centre for Optimism, this workshop is designed to help you answer the question "What makes you Optimistic?" and to pick up some tips, tricks and habits to make you more infectiously optimistic. We will cover: What is Optimism? The Benefits of Optimism in Health, Relationships, Leadership, Strategy, Innovation and Resilience Tips and Tricks to Help you be More Infectiously Optimistic We'll leave laughing or singing or both.

Wednesday 24 May 2023 10 am AET
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"Imagine Your Best Possible Self" Gathering

Imagine Your Best Possible Self - we gather to imagine our future, write about it and share what we look forward to.

Wednesday 1 June 2023 8 PM AEST
Sister Jayanti for Humanitix

Afternoon Tea with Sister Jayanti, Brahma Kumaris Leader

My favourite meditation voice is that of Sister Jayanti.

When I asked her what makes her optimistic, Sister Jayanti told me, “Just as nature goes through its cycles, and day will definitely follow the darkest night, although there are many things that feel very dark at the moment, there is a conviction that light will not only penetrate the darkness but banish it - so that the day will begin. Legends and myths of every civilisation have remembered that the power of good ultimately conquers evil. This is the optimism with which I hold a vision for a better world.”

Sister Jayanti is a spiritual teacher for precisely these times. For more than 50 years, hers has been a life of daily spiritual practice woven into a life that seeks to support and uplift others. In these unstable times, her presence is one of deep peace and the kind of hope that can move us forward. She is relevant, soothing, and practical and understands the serious challenges that people face.  She connects authentically.

Monday 19 June 2023 2.30 PM AEST
Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne
Peter Anthony, Stave Angel and Victor Perton Men with Spirit

Optimism and Men with Spirit

 Victor Perton,  Chief Optimism Officer of  The Centre for Optimism joined Men with Spirit's Peter Anthony and Steve Angel on Radio Carrum  to talk about optimism, spirituality and life!  

"Men with Spirit is for men who want to feel more ... less from their head, and more from their heart."




Mathias Sundin

Mathias Sundin in Conversation in The Optimism Cafe

Mathias Sundin, Editor-in-chief & CEO of Warp News, joined us in conversation.

Warp News is an action and impact-based newsletter and community that tells stories and shares insights to give people "The Optimists Edge." Mathias began his career as a changemaker and Swedish Member of Parliament. In 2018, he choose not to run for reelection because he had a vision for a much bigger opportunity to have a more positive impact on the future. 

What's an angry optimist?

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A Bubbly Optimism: The Optimism of Lawrence W. Reed

Lawrence W. Reed will be joining us in conversation at the Optimism Café in The Centre for Optimism via Zoom.

We’ll be asking him about his optimism, what makes him optimistic, his optimism for liberty and the world and the leaders who have inspired him.

In the often dismal science of optimism, it is uplifting to find optimists and optimism.

In “Liberty as a Life Philosophy”, Larry Reed advocated for “a bubbly optimism and exuberance about making a difference in the world."

Larry cites the 1968 "Prague Spring", as the genesis of his passion for liberty and has referred to the Czech cause as a "flowering of liberty".

Larry became President of the Foundation for Economic Education after serving as chairman of its board of trustees. He previously served for 21 years as President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan and taught economics at Northwood University in Michigan. In 2019, he retired to the role of President Emeritus at FEE, working as the Humphreys Family Senior Fellow and Ron Manners Global Ambassador for Liberty.

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The Laughter Effect - How to Build Joy, Positivity and Resilience in Your Life 

Join Ros Ben-Moshe in Conversation via Zoom at The Centre for Optimism to celebrate the release of Ros's new book. The Laughter Effect - How to Build Joy, Positivity and Resilience in Your Life 

We usually end our workshops and speeches with a dose of laughter yoga. Ros is our muse and inspiration for our belief in the power of laughter to enhance optimism. The Laughter Effect is a practical guide to turbocharge humour, laughter and joy, providing a roadmap to awakening positive wellbeing and optimism. 

A positive psychology academic and laughter wellness expert, Ros will explain how The Laughter Effect offers a new dimension to self-care, elevating mindfulness, gratitude and self-compassion.

We will explore Ros's motivation for writing the book and highlight essential wisdom, research and practice that encapsulates this powerful body-mind philosophy.

We will ask Ros what makes her optimistic.

We look forward to sharing laughter and optimism (with you).

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