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2021 "What makes you Optimistic?" Survey


The India data has been collected and analysed with the help of our intern Adithi Satavalli.   We would love more answers from Indian people and especially Indian youth.

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In the survey, we ask "What makes you Optimistic?" with a free-text answer.



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; Most people are trying to do good; Gratitude; Faith in God; Family; Faith in Humanity; Hope; Science; Young People; Things will work out in the end; Belief; Friends; The Future; History; Medical Science; Good Government; and, The Economy.

For India too, the top answer is mindset.


Global Results

What has helped keep you optimistic in these difficult times?

As our India sample includes a large percentage of youth and universities, it's nice to see music playing a part in keeping people optimistic.



Do any of these 'optimisms' describe your optimism? 

Of interest, the Indian optimists have a higher tendency to describe themselves as realistic optimists and natural optimists.



Selected Answers to What makes you Optimistic?

I believe in hope, and there is nothing greater than hope.

What makes me optimistic? My Children.

I am optimistic that nothing is permanent in this world. Whatever someone is going through is just a passing phase, not a permanent phase.

My faith makes me optimistic.

I always look at the brighter side of everything or event that happens to me or around me. We have survived the first wave of the biggest pandemic, and we will win against this one as well. In the meantime, we have learnt the caveats in the existing system, which this pandemic has unravelled. This, I believe, is the most significant opportunity available to us and with good use of technology and resources, we can better ourselves. This makes me Optimistic- Things happen for a reason.

It has been my personal experience as well as the way my parents have brought me up; having a positive attitude and doing all the right things( as far as possible) will lead you in the right direction. It may not be very obvious to others, but subconsciously you know what wishes and what you have done- That will ultimately win through your positive thinking, attitude and your purpose. Finally, as Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansasays “When the fruit appears the blossom drops off. Love of God is the fruit, and rituals are the blossom.”

When we want to achieve something in life, we should put our efforts, without thinking negatively about the results. Things may take time, but we ultimately succeed. Most successful people have seen a lot of failures, but they never stopped.

Faith and Trust in the universal forces

Research, Science, Production, Market and Enterprise.

Self-confidence and motivation, and determination

Bad times never last.

Being optimistic brings positive thoughts and results.

People and the uncertainty of life make me optimistic. Things might seem toughest at one point, but you never know when life takes charge and sort things out in unexpected ways. So remaining optimistic helps us enjoy the present.

My family & Friends. The feeling that you want to see them every morning when you wake up

Seeing good outcomes in the people I work with; taking things one day at a time; knowing that all things end eventually.

Currently, seeing unwell people recover is positively impacting the well-being of my team and me in India.

“My optimism is driven by my belief in HOPE which to me is being High on Personal Energy & the reality of life being that no pain ever lasts forever; some just take a bit longer to go away.”

Technology innovation

My waking up each morning.

I do not know any better way to lead a happy life. So far, I have found being Optimistic is the only way for happiness.

I’m sure things will soon get brighter.

It’s a faith and self-belief that helps you to come out from any situation.

My fundamental belief that most people are good, kind, and helpful got validated in the pandemic when people came together to supply oxygen or other resources during the second wave of covid. Seeing such people keeps me optimistic and hopeful.

However bad the situation is, thinking positively and facing all sorts of challenges is the fundamental meaning of being optimistic.

I have a good knowledge of my subject. A healthy, positive attitude, and I do not mind asking questions and help when I need it.

Most of my optimistic thoughts are driven by my past experiences. Thus, forming schemes about daily life incidents and hoping it would also happen in the future.

Positive attitude of people fighting in this challenging situation

Good books and watching good content

A defined goal

Belief in a higher power that is guiding us all

A defined goal

Always trust your guts!! And the process while doing anything! It will definitely lead you to your best. Trust yourself and your skills.

Always trust your guts!! And the process while doing anything! It will definitely lead you to your best. Trust yourself and your skills.

Better things will follow in the days to come. We need to stay positive, be hopeful and confident.


I take life as a challenge.

Taking good care of myself. Physically and mentally


When I end the day on a satisfactory note

I think I believe in good things and hope for a good future

Nothing actually motivates me. I just try to stick to my schedule without trying to think too much.

My past life. I have faced all ups and downs. Whenever I feel low, I think about the good times I experienced. This holds me strong, and the hope that good days will come makes me optimistic.

People around me and my aspirations


Mainly the environment I surround myself with. And the constant self-motivation makes me an optimistic person.

Feeling of doing things right in life.

I don’t know....but I guess what keeps me going is thinking that no matter how hard today is, tomorrow is going to be so much better, and life with be so so so better. Of course, I have my power sources for motivation, too 1. Music - best!!!! (Every time, it helps every time!!) 2. Art - relaxed me and helped me reduce my stress 3. Meditation - helps me clear my mind and focus more and how to be better... It even works as a small escape from so much stress and all going on. I don’t know any other sources, but even watching an excellent, motivating drama can be it... And that’s all, I guess. Plus, my idols have said, “That no matter how hard today is, Tomorrow will be much better,” and I repeat this and Fight On!!!

I believe in this line, whatever happens, happens for a reason. So, I consider myself optimistic.

When I think about the end result, which has to be good.

Thinking positively in everything I do

Sports, Life, Business

If you feel that life may not have been the best so… then one day will come where you’ll meet the people want to and have the time of your life. The idea that you can have all you want and dream of… is something worth waking up for

Positive thoughts or good thoughts


Liking towards the thing I am doing

Having a good day...being validated ..being seen by people and valued

Knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, that bad times will pass.

1. Inspirational Stories

2. Seeing a positive end goal in an ongoing endeavour


People in sorrow sometimes makes me move forward with optimism. It may be the thinking that I am happy now or the fact that how they approach sorrow with optimism.

I believe, whatever happens, happens for our good. I try to learn from experiences.

A few people have left me because of my constant negativity. Hence, I try to be positive.

I think looking at the hardships I’ve faced and how I could find a way out through them really makes me optimistic about the things that are presently going on.

Hope, Faith and Gratitude.  And to focus on the present as well.

Situation and mindset

The reward for certain actions.

What makes me optimistic?  Being with friends and people who give me my space to think.

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