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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, May 08, 2021 11:20 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

  • Saturday, May 08, 2021 7:28 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

  • Wednesday, May 05, 2021 6:28 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Studies show that pessimism can adversely affect health; optimism, on the other hand, aids in stress management — a skill greatly needed at this time in history.

  • Wednesday, May 05, 2021 6:01 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare:

    "The only way to cope with the situation is by having an optimistic outlook and repeating the mantra, 'this too shall pass'. Policemen, doctors, nurses and journalists should practise positive self-talk every day, and also engage in de-stressing activities, at least 10 mins a day by watching a comedy or by talking to their loved ones or by indulging in their favourite activity. A positive end to the day is the only way to cope with the situation"

  • Saturday, May 01, 2021 7:00 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Mindfulness programs can improve the mental health of school-age children and help them to feel more optimistic, according to new research from the University of Derby and Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service.

  • Saturday, May 01, 2021 6:35 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    An Optimism Bias Can Offset a Pessimistic World


    Do we have proof? Yes, we do. Pessimism bias? Meet optimism bias. The optimism bias is the belief that things will turn out okay, in the end, no matter what. Even if we can’t change the future per se, we won’t feel as depressed between now and then. The neuroscientist Tali Sharot puts it this way: “We can't all be better than everyone else. But if we believe we're better... we're more likely to get that promotion... because we're more social, more interesting” (Sharot, 2012, para. 8).

    She’s not the only one who thinks so. Other scientists have found that simply creating positive expectations about the future can alleviate the symptoms of major depressive disorder. The time between now and the future is a very long opportunity to fiddle with our expectations. If we expect the worst, our sympathetic nervous system takes a big toll on us. But if we expect the best, the time between now and then becomes a chance to foster neurotransmitters that make us feel pretty good. It’s called future-directed therapy.

  • Saturday, May 01, 2021 6:09 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "There is no progress without optimism"

  • Saturday, May 01, 2021 6:06 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Rob Dean in The Driven

    Taking your EV to a place it’s apparently not supposed to be is a great conversation starter, it gets fence sitters’ attention and the conversation around the BBQ gets changed in a positive way.

    It’s no longer opinion, it’s fact, pessimism has been replaced with optimism. This is something the naysayers will never have, they can never show it can’t be done but you can show it can.

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 6:50 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "There is some reason for optimism. As more people get vaccinated, economies recover and the prospect of post-COVID life becomes more tangible, some mental health metrics are improving. But we're not on the other side just yet. More precipitous falls in mental health have been avoided thanks to financial safety nets, like historic stimulus packages under both the Trump and Biden administrations. But Biden hasn't committed to a fourth stimulus package, and many more impromptu welfare systems, like the UK's furloughs scheme, will be removed by the end of the year."

  • Monday, April 26, 2021 6:28 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Professor Andy Suarez: “There are two things that make me optimistic about the future.

    “First, we are finally starting to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources at a large scale.

    “Second, many of the students I talk to are more aware of environmental issues than I ever was at their age.

    “This gives me great hope as the future will be in their hands.”

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