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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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  • Monday, January 06, 2020 6:15 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Alisa Halpern @royalali tweeted, "I have been a teacher for 32 years. The strength I bring is #optimism. I never give up, whether on a kid or a problem. Being able to weather a storm and come out of it with a learning experience..."


  • Monday, January 06, 2020 6:08 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Konyka Dunson

    “Knowing that my soul is tied to the unfathomable loving force of God, which causes the sun to rise gives me hope.  No matter what happens, the sun rises each new day, and my soul rises with it. That knowledge gives me optimism that never ends."

    In Optimism: The How and Why


  • Monday, January 06, 2020 5:40 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    School librarian Jill Wharton wrote, "I’m optimistic for 2020 & the future because there is so much good in this world. It’s easy to focus on the bad, but the good is everywhere. It’s in people saving animals daily to our children standing up & fighting for their beliefs.  

    "It’s in the little acts of kindness that change people. It might be something as simple as a smile or as big as helping save a life. It’s the tiny things that add up. I’m encouraged by seeing people find the voice & being brave in the face of adversity.

    "I’m mostly optimistic for the future because of my children. They are determined to make a better world & future. We have these amazing children that have fierce determination to save our planet & be inclusive to everyone. That’s why I’m optimistic for 2020 & beyond.

    "I didn’t mean to go so long, but it is truly that children (my own and others) that give me so much hope. This generation of young people are extraordinary."


  • Monday, January 06, 2020 5:14 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "when surrounded by positivity, optimism flourishes. Where there is positivity and optimism, there is usually glitter at some point!"
    Tina Lusby @tmlusby #teachersquad




  • Sunday, January 05, 2020 4:07 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Great leaders showing their optimism make me optimistic. The kids in my class growing up to become even better leaders make me optimistic. All the people helping each other in the clearthelists movement make me optimistic. This time of year makes me optimistic."
    Carey Bain responding to our question on Twitter




  • Sunday, January 05, 2020 3:57 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "It’s easy to be #optimistic when you surround yourself with positive people. You are one of those for sure!"
    Jill @potterhockey tweeting to Tina Lusby @tmlusby



  • Sunday, January 05, 2020 3:25 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "You are a warrior and your #optimism truly inspires me"
    Tina Lusby tweeting in reply to Mrs_Jaimes @TeachToBKind


  • Sunday, January 05, 2020 12:33 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Professor Jee Hyun Kim, The Florey Institute

    "Optimism is the evidence for the dreams yet to be realised.”


    From Optimism: The How and Why


  • Sunday, January 05, 2020 10:01 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    What makes School Principal Rebecca Glover optimistic for 2020 and beyond?

    Rebecca told us, "Gosh.... so much! I am excited to get back to work to be with the children and staff! This term brings so many things to look forward to! Fashion Show! Exams! Just love my job so it’s hard to think of one thing"


  • Sunday, January 05, 2020 8:24 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "There is such good, productive energy that comes along with optimism. It allows for a growth mindset which leads to success. It feels way better too!"
    Tina Lusby, January 2019

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