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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.

  • Sunday, April 18, 2021 8:08 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "stubborn, insistent #optimism has changed the world time after time, often against seemingly impossible odds"

    Today's dose of optimism comes from an essay "Why I am a stubborn #optimist" by Alan AtKisson, Assistant Director-General for Partnership and Innovation at Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

    The full essay is worth reading at What do you reckon?

    Alan writes, "here is what I have observed: stubborn, insistent optimism has changed the world time after time, often against seemingly impossible odds. I reflect often on the accomplishments of #Gandhi. The end of #apartheid. The fall of the #Berlin Wall. Changes that once seemed truly impossible — an independent #India, democracy for all in South Africa, the end of communist dictatorships in central and eastern Europe (the last two happening in my lifetime) — are now historical facts, decades old.

    "I submit that the transformative results of stubborn optimism are all around us, right now. The exponential rise of renewable energy and electric cars, after many false starts and failures to overcome market skepticism and opposition. The much-too-slow but nonetheless steady spread of legal acceptance and protection of rights for people who identify as #LGBTQ. The rapid digital transformation of Africa, which could see three-quarters of people on the continent connected to the internet by 2030"

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 5:51 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "I’m always #optimistic and hopeful of the blessings of #Allah, so have taken things as a learning opportunity."
    Masarrat Misbah

    "Belief in Allah and spirituality has always helped me in life. Spiritual strength helps to overcome hardships. It restores hope and optimism. It has helped me develop a more hopeful outlook in life. It strengthens my bond with Allah Almighty. Helping his creatures further strengthens that bond."

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 4:14 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "We are hopeful. We can't do this work if you're not optimistic, if you're not hopeful."

    US Coast Guard Captain Will Watson on search for survivors from shipwreck.

  • Sunday, April 11, 2021 6:28 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Read full article -

    If you are wishing to encourage optimism in your children consider these time-honored strategies:

    1. Help your children set themselves up for success. Participating in tasks, academic activities and physical sports that are within your child’s ability will provide them with positive experiences increasing their self-esteem and allowing them to see themselves as capable.

    2.Give specific feedback on what your child does well. Instead of offering general praise, be specific. “You practiced so many multiplication problems that you earned an A on your recent test.” “Your effort and practice earn you better grades.”

    3.Validate their feelings offering some strategies for looking more hopefully at the circumstances. “It didn’t feel very good to miss the goal at soccer, but your footwork on the field was excellent. Daddy and I will play more with you in the backyard so you are better prepared for the next time.”

    4. Use positive not negative labels. Negative labels lead children to believe they are the label. So use positive labels when talking with and about your child. As an example, when your child exhibits a behavior that is unsuitable such as whining refrain from calling your child a “whiner” and practice using a new tone with your child. “Joey, when you ask for what you want in a positive tone, I can respond better to you.” “Let’s use a happy tone as we talk with one another.”

    5.Comment on the bright side. “I know it’s raining so we must play indoors, this is our chance to make a huge train station today.”

  • Sunday, April 11, 2021 6:17 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)
    1. Stop complaining: It’s easy to focus on negative thoughts and frustrations and to moan about these in front of your child. Toddlers tend to mimic your actions since you are her role model. The more you moan and groan about things, the more likely they will be to pick up on this trait as well. Try to view the glass as half full and find something to be grateful or happy about each day. Build it into your daily routine that each member of the family reveals the worst thing that happened to them that day, the best thing, and the thing they are most grateful for. Not only will this help your toddler see something good in every day, but it will help to improve your outlook as well.
    2. Look at the positive: Everyone has a bad or grumpy day – accept this and the fact that your toddler (and you) are entitled to feeling off on occasion. Embrace that emotion and talk it through. Then try to put a positive spin on this.
    3. Encourage routine and chores: Find an age-appropriate chore for your toddler, like helping you pick out clothes or pajamas for each day, put dirty laundry in the basket, or help pack toys away. Having the opportunity to prove their worth, will help your toddler to develop an optimistic, can-do attitude. Giving them simple tasks helps them feel capable and proud of their achievements.
    4. Promote risk-taking: Of course, this needs to be within reason. Your natural reaction may be to discourage your child from certain activities as you want to protect her from injury or failure. But this can encourage a pessimistic attitude or a belief that she is not good enough. Allowing your child to try new things or activities like climbing that jungle gym or going down that slide will help boost her confidence. Of course, you want to keep your child safe, but you also want to encourage her to try new things and be proud of her achievements.
    5. Stop interfering: It is natural to want to try and help your child, be it sounding out a new word, trying to fit a piece into a puzzle, or putting on an item of clothing. Your first reaction will be to intervene. However, letting your toddler try and solve this on her own allows her to feel a sense of accomplishment and helps her be more optimistic about her abilities and what she can achieve.
    6. Have realistic expectations: Seeing the sunny side of life doesn’t mean that your child needs to be protected from reality. In fact, the opposite is true. Optimism, say the experts, is based on having realistic expectations. This helps create an adaptable child who is prepared for whatever she faces and is more resilient.
    7. Be a good role model: Your view of the world is communicated to your child daily. If you want your toddler to be more optimistic – you will need to be more optimistic yourself.
    8. Keep track: Life and business coach Gill Cedarwall explains that keeping track of your mood is an important tool for optimism. Use the acronym HALT ( Hungry |  Angry |  Lonely | Tired).  If you or your toddler is feeling one or more of these things, there is the danger of emotions becoming overwhelming, and it’s time to take corrective action

  • Monday, April 05, 2021 5:22 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    By having a more optimistic outlook, you are better able to avoid the all-or-none thinking that keeps you in the mental rut of believing that when one thing goes wrong, everything goes wrong—or that things will never get better. 

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  • Sunday, April 04, 2021 7:50 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    I am an optimist and choose to celebrate the beauty and wonder of the world. My works are meant to bring happiness and a sense of calm to viewers.

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