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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.

  • Saturday, June 05, 2021 8:36 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

  • Saturday, June 05, 2021 6:41 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "It is the ability to protect ourselves against adversity by maintaining a positive, hopeful and #optimistic attitude that allows us to project ourselves into the future."

  • Friday, June 04, 2021 6:09 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Fraport’s executive board chairman, Dr Stefan Schulte:

    “Looking ahead, we are overall optimistic, even if the pandemic will continue to impact our business for a while. This optimism is based, above all, on the ongoing progress of the vaccination programmes. Here, not only Germany but also many important key countries are making very good progress."

  • Friday, June 04, 2021 5:57 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    “We live in such a fucked-up world, so it’s important to make some optimistic music once in a while,” Alessio Natalizia said. “I think it’s our job as an artist to give options, to give possibilities, and a different way of doing things. And I think hope is one of those options.”

    Fans could’ve been forgiven for thinking otherwise. Natalizia’s music at that point in time was imposing and brutalist, more reflective of a “fucked-up world” than any avenue out. The key song from Good Luck, the album he was then promoting, was a team-up with Québécoise nihilist Marie Davidson, whose own brand of coldwave doubles as anti-club manifesto. “Hope” seemed at best like a far-off prospect, at worst a cruel joke.

    A few years and a few records later, the truth of Natalizia’s statement is coming into view. On How to Leave Your Body—roughly his 10th record, including collaborations with Romance and Mark Lanegan under his Dark Mark moniker—Natalizia triumphantly and effusively embraces optimism, thawing out his trademark industrial chill underneath a hard-earned sunrise. Less an EBM album than a showcase of the best textures contemporary experimental pop has to offer, How to Leave Your Body offers a counterweight to modern doomsaying, choosing instead to celebrate the fragility and strangeness of the human experience with uncommon earnestness.

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  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021 8:03 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

  • Monday, May 31, 2021 6:31 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Let me say that I do believe optimism can play a very positive role (pun intended!) in leading people through challenging times. The ‘brand’ of optimism that I recommend is ‘realistic optimism.’ When leaders are realistically optimistic, they build trust. It’s important for employees to hear the truth without the sugar coating. I can hear the best leaders saying something like, “Hey, there are more tough times ahead. I don’t have all the answers, AND I know that, working together, we will make the best of this.”

  • Monday, May 31, 2021 6:18 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Interesting! George Tippett was a quiet student of #meditation in the #yoga tradition of #Kashmir#Shaivism, an #optimistic philosophy that sees everything as conscious energy, expressed in different ways – as unity in diversity.

  • Monday, May 31, 2021 6:05 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "There are days when we see situations from their most negative side. Feelings are generated that cause stress, in some cases sadness and even anger. On the contrary, there are also days when we tend to see things from their more favorable side. This trend is known as optimism....

    Optimism is considered an attitude of someone towards another person, thing, or situation. The belief or hope that something will work out is an improvement in the way people act.

    The perspective, the way of thinking, and seeing things lead the mental attitudes. Optimism is an attitude of mind. Being optimistic can be considered a choice. By deciding to face day-to-day circumstances and adversities positively, we are adopting an upbeat attitude.

    Mental attitude plays an essential role in the way we live our life. The power of our mind can be greater than our physical power. We could not face a challenge without first believing and trusting that we can face it; Even if we have the physical capabilities to deal with it.

    Seeing the bright side of things does not necessarily suggest believing in an ideal or perfect world. An optimistic person looks for the favorable aspects of a situation while remaining realistic about what he can and cannot achieve.

    Optimistic people are confident that their abilities can make things go well. As expected, things don’t always work out. When something does not go well, the human being tends to despair and act negatively about it. However, in the case of an optimist, the reaction may vary. Instead of involving negative energies in an already pessimistic scenario, the optimist looks for ways to improve the situation.

    The tendency to see and judge things from a positive perspective enables people to face different obstacles with courage, encouragement, and confidence.

    Optimism does not ignore stressful or difficult experiences in life. Instead, encountering obstacles or challenges along the way, the optimist looks for ways to turn them into opportunities to learn and advance. In some cases, the obstacles are seen as something purely temporary.

    The doctrine of optimism disposes of the subject to hope for the best in all respects. Optimism is the opposite current to pessimism.

    In many cases, optimism resolves conflicts or avoids having them. Optimism has been shown to favor conflict resolution between people, guiding them to choose a fair and effective solution to the problem.

    A representative characteristic of optimistic people is that they are persistent and motivated. Overcoming a challenge, no matter how small, can fuel a person’s motivation. When challenges seem impossible, it is the attitude that influences people to want to face them. In the same way, it is the attitude that helps them overcome them.

    The positive change in our thoughts helps us reduce stress and worry. It also presents a constructive perspective, in which we generate the ability to retain input and continually improve.

  • Monday, May 31, 2021 5:59 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

  • Sunday, May 30, 2021 6:28 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

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