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2021 "What makes you Optimistic?" Survey

What makes you Optimistic?

In this current survey, we ask "What makes you Optimistic? and provide space for a free-text answer.   You can read some of the answers and champion one of them.  The word cloud below should give you some of the flavour.   The survey is ongoing and takes around 4-5 minutes - will you give it a go?  Some firms and organisations are sharing it with their whole teams.

Try out the Survey Read the answers to "What makes you Optimistic?" 


Some Highlighted Answers

Sonja Cronjé:  "What makes me optimistic?  Appreciating and savouring the little joys of everyday life such as the kindness of others, eucalyptus flowers, the sound of black cockatoos, good coffee, the morning sun on my face."

Elizabeth Hungerford Morgan : "I believe optimism starts in a mindset and is nurtured with gratitude, recognising the joy, planning pleasure in your life, being surrounded by love and loving others, giving back to your community and taking responsibility for your own experience and to be alive to life."

Will Abdo"What makes me optimistic?  I definitely feel a new positive change coming."

Martin Richards "I choose to be optimistic. Having spent decades with disempowering pessimistic thoughts, I chose to let them go and deliberately seek the best of every situation.  That optimistic mindset becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy."

Simone Blakeman: "What makes me optimistic?  Being loved and knowing I have that feeling with me, regardless of what happens. Life would be hopeless without a sense of optimism that each day holds new experiences or an increased understanding of the world and my place in it."

Vanessa Wiltshire: "What makes me optimistic?  A general feeling inside: I am in control of my mindset and my faith."

Diego Garetto: "Everything has a beginning and an end. Of course, this also applies to bad things. But, eventually, bad things will be over, and good things will occur. There is always sun after the storm."

Amanda Jones, Group Homes Australia: "What makes me optimistic?It's part mindset (growth versus fixed), part resilience (the ability to roll and/or bounce back), and part belief (faith or spiritual that the universe will provide) and part confidence based on experience, education, knowledge, and skill - whether life or work."



What supports your optimistic outlook?

We ask, "What 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 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.


What has helped keep you optimistic in these difficult times?

  • We asked “What has helped keep you optimistic in these difficult times?”

    The top answers so far:

  • Expressing Gratitude
  • Keeping the company of optimistic people
  • Regular Positive Conversations
  • Reducing your consumption of "news"
  • Smiling at People
  • Yoga and/or Exercise
  • Laughing More
  • Meditation and/or Mindfulness
  • Sharing stories of Hope and Optimism
  • Listen to Positive Music
  • Visualisation and daydreaming
  • Upbeat Greetings
  • Asking people “what makes them optimistic?”


Do any of these 'optimisms' describe your optimism? 


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