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A Million Voices of Optimism

We ask people "What makes you Optimistic?"   One of our strategic goals is to stimulate and collect one million voices of optimism.

In this blog collection of optimism on the way to "A Million Voices of Optimism," members and subscribers of The Centre for Optimism can post what makes them optimistic and the answers from people they have asked. 

If you want to contribute to this valuable global resource, please email our COO Victor Perton for a free subscription or support our work by joining as a member.

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  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:49 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "The cornerstone of @BonJovi’s music was #optimism, always. In the face of grunge music, we were the polar opposite. “Livin’ on a Prayer” is the ultimate #optimist song. So nothing’s changed.

    @jonbonjovi

    (Sep 2020)


    https://parade.com/1091861/walterscott/jon-bon-jovi-2020/


  • Monday, September 28, 2020 5:40 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

  • Monday, September 28, 2020 5:35 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

  • Friday, September 25, 2020 6:41 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    “Promise Yourself

    To be so strong that nothing
    can disturb your peace of mind.
    To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
    to every person you meet.

    To make all your friends feel
    that there is something in them
    To look at the sunny side of everything
    and make your optimism come true.

    To think only the best, to work only for the best,
    and to expect only the best.
    To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
    as you are about your own.

    To forget the mistakes of the past
    and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
    To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
    and give every living creature you meet a smile.

    To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
    that you have no time to criticize others.
    To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
    and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

    To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
    not in loud words but great deeds.
    To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
    so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
    ― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

  • Friday, September 25, 2020 6:28 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Do you know someone who seems to always have a #smile and a positive thought? Or are you yourself one of those people who is full of optimism? Hardships are seen as "learning experiences" by optimists, and even the most miserable day always holds the promise for them that "tomorrow will probably be better."

    Elizabeth Scott


    https://www.verywellmind.com/the-benefits-of-optimism-3144811


  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:56 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "My unrelenting belief in humanity and our capacity for love keeps me optimistic." A beautiful expression of optimism from Dr Melis Senova this morning.

  • Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:20 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "In one important area – the speed of the shift towards cleaner energy – I see increasing grounds for optimism." Fatih Birol

    Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) shared "5 reasons we should be optimistic about the world’s clean energy future" 1 Solar is leading renewables to new heights 2 Today’s crisis means interest rates will stay lower for longer 3 More governments are throwing their weight behind clean energy 4 Companies are stepping up 5 Innovation is gathering steam. Fatih sees the Big Challenges as: Getting more countries and companies on board. Not leaving anyone behind. Tackling emissions from existing infrastructure.


    What do you think? What makes you optimistic about clean energy?


    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/09/covid-19-green-energy-solar-wind-electric


  • Friday, September 18, 2020 5:53 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Despite all the challenges that farmers face today, I remain extremely #optimistic about the future of #agriculture."

    Jahmy Hindman, CTO at John Deere


    Jahmy Hindman went on to write, "The reason for my #optimism is that farmers are continuing to push the envelope of technology and are becoming technology power users. As devoted stewards of their land and entrepreneurial problem-solvers, farmers have embraced cutting-edge technologies to operate smarter, more efficiently, and more precisely to obtain the greatest yield at the highest quality despite the high-stakes variables in their line of work. This broad array of technologies and solutions is often referred to as “precision agriculture.”


    https://www.fastcompany.com/90545127/too-many-farmers-cant-get-broadband-thats-a-crisis-for-us-all


  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:59 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "I am #optimistic about the future because I have an unshakable belief in #human #ingenuity, the ability to be #innovative; to be #creative."

    Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, South African HC to Australia for Nelson Mandela #Youth #Leadership Summit



  • Saturday, September 05, 2020 11:10 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Pooja Bhadra "An optimist understands that life can be a bumpy road, but at least it is leading somewhere and they learn from mistakes and failures."

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