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  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:14 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020 5:50 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    The First Global Survey by the Centre for Optimism 

    A global survey has found government, the economy, business conditions and consumer confidence are all missing in action as sources of optimism.

    More than 500 respondents from 26 countries listed life experience, mindset, family, friends, faithgratitude and young people as their main sources of optimism.

    The Centre for Optimism’s first on-line survey asking the open question “What makes you optimistic?” was completed in February and received responses from 26 countries. 

    The definition of optimism used was “Optimism is an expectation that good things will happen and that things will work out in the end.”

    COO of The Centre for Optimism, Victor Perton, said: “The results are in line with contemporary academic and medical research on what makes people optimistic.”

    He said life experience provided people with the wisdom to put the ordinary anxieties of life in context.  Surrounding yourself with positive relationships family, friends and young people helps build optimism. 

    “Gratitude is a powerful underpinning of optimism as is faith,” he added.

    “Asking yourself and your friends ‘what makes you optimistic?’ is a good start. Surrounding yourself with positive people is a key to success.  Gratitude exercises, meditation and spirituality are powerful underpinnings. 

    “Recently published research from Harvard, Mayo Clinic and others show optimism is a key to healthy longevity and mental health.”

    Chairman of the Centre, Robert Masters, said the results of the survey throw out a clear challenge to government and business. 

    “Most surveys ask specific questions about confidence in government and the economy.  Yet when people are asked what makes them optimistic, government and business don’t feature in the results,” he said.

    “In public life, there’s a prevailing pessimism and cynicism that’s turning many people, especially young people, away from democratic institutions and systems.

    “People have an expectation of realistic and infectiously optimistic leadership.  They are yearning for that direction and confidence in the future that provides them with hope and optimism.

    “They are currently being ‘drowned with negatives views and thoughts and this is being abetted by social media. The challenge to our political and business leaders is to provide confidence and hope from their leadership.

    “Unfortunately, the ‘He said, She said’ Punch and Judy show of modern politics provides little space for our contemporary leaders to shine as optimistic leaders and inspire.  Their language is often seen as negative and demeaning. This needs to be turned around.”

    In 2019, The Centre for Optimism interviewed over 4000 people around the world, from heads of state to people digging ditches in India asking the same question: “What makes you optimistic?” Their comments are published on its website www.centreforoptimismon social media and in publications.

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 5:30 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "We both have the same kind of optimism for life."
    Actress Lucy Hale on Katy Keene

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 5:20 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Addressing Jewish schoolchildren in Melbourne Australia in February 2020, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said, “When I see you, I am filled with optimism. Optimism about the future of the Australia-Israel relationship, and about the future of the deep bond between the Jewish People and the Jewish State. Thank you again for all that you do. I look forward to seeing you soon in Jerusalem, our eternal capital.”

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