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2021 What makes Melbourne Probus Optimistic?

In preparation for a workshop at Melbourne Probus, we asked the members to fill out our global optimism survey.

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Global Word Cloud

Do any of these 'optimisms' describe your optimism? 

Melbourne Probus is characterised by a larger proportion of realistic optimists and a much larger proportion of cautious optimists with natural optimism around average.  We may unpick that at our meeting.

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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 Melbourne Probus, it is very mixed with family and life experience.   Is it the older demographic (average age 82) that gives such an appreciation of family?

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Global Results

What has helped keep you optimistic in these difficult times?

Regular Positive Conversations and Keeping the Compnay of Positive People are numbers one and two for Probus.  Makes sense!

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What makes us Optimistic?

Practising care and giving from a place of joy and optimism helps me grow and be a better version of myself.

A constant connection with God makes me feel optimistic. Despite life's challenges, he has uplifted me many times, so I feel that he will uplift me soon, and this phase is temporary and will pass.

I am optimistic because I believe in God and the ultimate outcome of all things on earth. This gives me the confidence to engage in the world and not allowing setbacks and disasters to change my focus.

Knowing that doing activities that benefit others will help improve the quality of life in the world I know.

What makes me optimistic? Acts of kindness.

Most days work out well. That's why it is 'news' when they don't.

Good friends, a long life and supportive family and financial independence

My great family and their ethics and love. My friends' carers and their attitude to the future as well as their happiness.

I have frequently been lucky with events that have occurred in my life (although often it being the case of "the harder I work, the luckier I get"). So, I believe things will turn out as I want.

What makes me optimistic?  Seeing my grandchildren learn and grow and watching my children as parents.

Humans always find a way forward, and life is to be enjoyed.

The fact is all of us will have to confront the physical, emotional and spiritual setbacks. It is how you handle it that is important. And having purpose is also essential.

What makes me optimistic?  Financial security

I will be more optimistic when we reach 80 per cent inoculated.

Life in Melbourne is pretty good for most (but by no means everyone). So yes, there are problems, but I think we will muddle through.

What makes me optimistic?  Sunshine. My footy team winning. Happy wife and kids.

The love of my wife and family, and good friends

I enjoy good health, am financially secure, and own my own house with good neighbours.

I am healthy; I have a family I love and a happy marriage. I have many friends, and we keep in touch by zoom or out of lockdowns meeting in person.

Getting up in the morning because it is new, no one has interfered with it, and you can make it what you want it to be.

Looking forward to doing things with my family and friends

Experience for me shows that things mostly work out well, and when they don't, I'm resilient enough to cope and take corrective action

Good news

I know through experience your challenges generally work out, and you are assisted by others wanting to work with you if you have an optimistic nature and approach in all situations, i.e., stay positive.

Throughout history, things have always improved after situations like Covid.  But now, we have more advanced science that will ultimately get on top of our current problems.

What makes me optiimstic?  Talking to friends.

I always look on the bright side. No use being dismal.

Our leaders - political and especially businesses -seek to sustain, against substantial hurdles, a standard of care and opportunity few other nations can match.

A desire always to look on the bright side

Inherent reluctance to be pessimistic.

Life Experience.

Optimism is my general approach to life.

Satisfaction with one's life and direction. I'm never really pessimistic. Good relationships with others.

Experience over a lifetime supports my consistent positive outlook and, in balance, an Optimistic view of life and events.

That we will soon have enough people vaccinated so we can come out of lockdown.  That my grandchildren will stay clear of drugs

I really do believe good things will eventually happen

"It will all be alright eventually, however bad it looks at a point in time."

We have recovered from wars and pandemics in the past

Optimism is a good basis for living.  I have love with no discernible hardship.

Optimism is the basis for success in your objective

I always look for silver linings in everything I do. In fact, I love challenges because they usually mean growth and development.     Being alive!!

I'm lucky enough to be employed and able to work from home in a stable, loving relationship. As a result, I've made the most of the opportunities presented to work on myself, be a better person, and get better at the things that love and support my wellness.

Good family, good life, good health. Good country.

Reading about pandemics and how they progressed and receded in the past has made my expectations more realistic, and I appreciate the knowledge and care given now.

Life experience.

That life is short, and I am in control as much as I'm able.

GRATITUDE.  We have a choice.  Is the glass ½ empty or ½ full?

Positive relationships, as well as experience with manifesting intentions

Maybe science. The fact that I was born in Australia, a wealthy country.

That this pandemic has to end sometime soon??? Doesn't it? When it does, I can travel again!

Humanity and love

When things are just. When you see people doing the right thing and receiving a positive outcome.

Be grateful for the good things happenings to me, and the bad things are not forever.

Young people

Knowing that humans will finally care for each other regardless of race, colour, or religion is the only way for them to survive by fighting climate change and the virus.

When one puts in the hard yards in terms of education and community service, it follows that one expects, more often than not, that outcome will be positive.

What makes me optimistic?  Experience and a life well-lived.

The rewards for effort are apparent

Political stability and economic performance

What makes me optimistic?  Hope

What makes me optimistic? My nature.

History shows that humanity overcomes adversity and that life improves. I believe that, with vaccinations, we will eventually reach a stage with Covid 19 where it ceases to be the threat that it now is and that normal life, or close to it, will resume.

What makes me optimistic?  Science. Family. Friends.

What makes me optimistic?   Good sleep and a nature walk.

Having goals and creating plans to achieve those goals

What makes me optimistic?   The explosion of new technology affords us opportunities of unparalleled magnitude.

The fact that we live in a good country Australia.

Good health.  Good weather. Happy Family.  My employment before I retired.  Travel. My faith.

What makes me optimistic?  My Faith

Life is about coping.


Donald Horne said Australia is a lucky country (resources) run by second rate politicians. This cannot continue if the country is to prosper. I hope that somehow the second-rate leaders, I would say third-rate at this time, will be replaced by intelligent, strong leaders.

The training I received last time, and the panellists have made me optimistic always.

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