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Optimism at the Rotary District 9810 Conference

In preparation for Victor Perton's speech concluding the Rotary District 9810 2022 Conference, we asked the members to fill out our global optimism survey.   

Rotary District 9810 Optimism Cloud

Global Word Cloud

Do any of these 'optimisms' describe your optimism? 

District 981 Rotarians seem to have more natural optimists than the average.  Worth talking about.  It may be due to the number of Rotarians in business and in SMES.

District 981 Rotarians


What if anything supports your optimistic outlook?

We ask, "What if anything supports your optimistic outlook?" and offer a series of options derived from our first global survey and the answers we have received from thousands of people.    

The top answers globally in order are Mindset; Life Experience; Family, Most people are trying to do good; Faith in God; Gratitude; Things will work out in the end; Faith in Humanity; Hope; Science; Belief; Young People; Friends; History; and, Belief in the Future.

For Rotary 9810 District,  it's even more about life experience than the average globally.   Otherwise, it's interesting in its similarity to the global results.

District 981 Rotarians

Global Results

What makes us Optimistic?

"I have learnt that optimism is key to a happy and fulfilling life. Being optimistic helps me to cope with life's pressures."

"Optimism is the only practical choice for a person to retain their sanity and function positively."

"The fact that there are so many caring and wonderful people in the world, most evidently in Rotarians."

"Things generally work out, and you get nowhere worrying about things which you can do nothing about. Your dog will always love you no matter what!"

"Life is worth living despite the odd setback."

"My central belief is that there is good in everyone, equal opportunities for all and the communications today that are breaking down culture and bias. the world generally is good."

"I am optimistic when things have been well planned at work and at Rotary and in family life, and the work and activities I have ahead of me are interesting and worthwhile, and I have good people around me."

"Watching the sunrise each morning because I can!"

"Prior experience, and I think I'm just optimistic by nature and personality. So, you can usually do something about a problem, and you can have backup plans B, C and D if Plan A doesn't work out."

"Looking back over the last few decades suggest that the progress we have made to improve our lives will continue to be the single overriding aspect of our lives."


"Good health, good family and friends and a sense of purpose."

"I will continue to enjoy great family relationships and friendships and be much more fortunate than many other people."

"My children and grandchildren."

"My Catholic Faith"

"A belief in karma"

"I am a Christian, so my belief that all things will turn out for good, in the end, is the foundation for my optimism."

"Keeping fit, keeping busy, maintain education."

"That I can travel again."

"It's a better state of mind than pessimism."

"A fundamental belief in the goodness of people and their willingness to help each other. However, recent events are challenging my optimism."

"The future is in good hands with our children's generation."

"The challenges of the days ahead"

"Positive attitude and appreciation of wonderful life in Australia"

"The young people we see through Rotary. The local heroes, achievers. Our Australian society is fairly stable."

"Having strong family connections and support for each other

Having a strong and supportive Rotary club with a desire to do good in the world. Having a strong Christian faith background."

"Not good presently. Who knows what Putin is capable of destroying?"

"Contentment, good health, no money worries, happy families, no work problems"

"Looking forward to the things I value and enjoy in my life: loved ones, friends, pets, meaningful work/engagement, contributing, living my values and having hope for the future. "

"Ultimate trust in human nature. No reason why the current trends in lifestyle improvement won't continue MAD assures that nuclear weapons can’t be used."

"Looking forward to a better future."

"I believe that things generally turn out for the best and that humans want to live in a positive world."

"Australia is far away from conflict."

"Always try to look beyond a disappointment and think the future will better and to learn from any mistakes made"

"My faith in God."

"Some financial stability and a loving partner."

"My lifestyle at Metung on the Gippsland Lakes.  My business and close involvement with the local community. My work with Rotary."

"The hope that sanity will prevail and march toward zero emissions will be curtailed as proof emerges that it has had zero effect at a great cost."

"I'm healthy. My Family are healthy and happy with where they are in life."

"My family and friends."

"The continuing ability to remain vertical and mobile."

"The impending birth of our first grandchild."

"Good job that continued during lockdowns, happy family, and we have made some life decisions that have worked out very well."

"Australia is a good country to live in."

"Certainty: I hate the unknown."

"My positive outlook"

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