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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.

  • Monday, January 20, 2020 6:19 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Claire Coleman's 3 Optimism Tips

    • Find a happy tribe: Bag yourself a positive partner or get some optimistic mates. Research has found that positivity may be a collective phenomenon – it’s contagious!
    • Play your cards right: Tell yourself things will work out well using Dr Howard Murad’s 11 positive insight cards. You can print these affirmations or download them to your phone and they’ll help you visualise the best possible outcome in any situation (
    • Fake it till you make it: Give us a grin. Lucy McCarraher, co-author of The Real Secret, a book packed with ways to help make you happier, says: “The act of smiling stimulates the pleasure centres in your brain, increases endorphins and reduces stress. Get in the habit of smiling and you'll build an optimistic outlook.”

  • Monday, January 20, 2020 5:43 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)
    "practice optimism. Looking on the bright side of life really is good for you"
    So advises Ali Bradley

  • Monday, January 20, 2020 5:31 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    PFAS: "a shred of optimism"

    In a Wired article entitled "Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals" , Michele Cohen Marill, reports "here’s a shred of optimism: Some new technologies show promise in breaking those ultra-strong carbon-fluorine bonds, which means the compounds known as “forever” chemicals could be removed from at least some groundwater. “I have actually started to feel a little bit of hope,” says Chris Higgins, an environmental engineer at the Colorado School of Mines and a PFAS expert. “We’re getting some technologies that seem to be working.”

    The most promising approach involves an electrical reaction that looks like lightning striking water. Contaminated water goes through a plasma reactor, where argon gas pushes the PFAS compounds to the surface. Electrodes above and below the surface generate plasma—a highly reactive gas made up of positive ions and free electrons—that interacts with the PFAS and breaks the carbon-fluorine bonds.

  • Sunday, January 19, 2020 10:42 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

     "evidence shows that the world is getting healthier year by year"

    Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet medical journal, relayed both optimistic and pessimistic perspectives in a 20717 talk sponsored by Stanford Medicine’s Office of the Dean and the Rambam Health Care Campus in Israel.

  • Sunday, January 19, 2020 8:48 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

    "Contrary to the cynic and pessimist, the optimist has the truer perspective on Judaism. The “glass half full” shows us the power of that period from Rosh Chodesh Elul through the conclusion of the Days of Awe, Shmini Atzeret. When we open up our siddurim, we discover the most optimistic of all Psalms, selected specifically for this awesome period – Psalm 27. The Midrash teaches that the words L’Dovid HaShem Ori, the Lord is my life, refer to Rosh Hashanah while v’yishi, and aid, reflects on Yom Kippur. Ki yitzpeneni b’suko, He will hide me within His tabernacle, speaks of Sukkot.

    "A quick glance through the psalm is enough to find all the words that conjure up hope, optimism, happiness and strength. Begin with the first posuk and go through the chapter: light, aid, stronghold, not fear, confident, desire, dwell in the house of the Lord, pleasantness, shelter, safe, high, sing, chant, gracious, seek you My presence, help, care, teach, guide, land of the living, hope, strong, brave.

    "Fourteen short verses. Twenty – four optimistic words and phrases."

    See original article "Jewish Optimism"

    Read more on Religion, Spirituality, Faith, Hope and Optimism

    Read about Rambam

  • Sunday, January 19, 2020 7:00 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Judaism must be said to be fundamentally optimistic"

    Optimism and Pessimism by Joseph Jacobs and Emil G. Hirsch in The Jewish Encyclopedia (1906)

    Religion, Spirituality and Optimism


  • Sunday, January 19, 2020 5:25 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Judaism "anticipates redemption, tikkun olam, a human reality that has no evil, just goodness.By anticipating redemption, we develop a tremendous drive to advance the process. This drive is what pushes humanity forward. It is what causes people to give of their time and of their money for the betterment of others whom they do not know and from whom they would not gain anything. This drive cannot grow in apathetic ground. It cannot exist in people who do not feel optimistic about a better future."
    Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites.

    Read the original article, "Parshat Balak: Redemption – Faith and optimism" (July 2015)

  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:53 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)
    "Let’s work for an environmental vision that escapes the apocalyptic tenor of today and shows an optimistic future through the voluntary collaboration between people and communities and through entrepreneurship, innovation, and philanthropy."

    Kai Weiss

  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:51 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

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