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What's your Optimism Superpower? 


By Victor Perton

I believe optimism is a superpower and in a world that is increasingly enveloped by a fog of pessimism, it is ever more important you shine as a beacon of optimism.

One of the uplifting things about my research in optimism is observing the language of optimists and the way they express their optimism. The list below is my collection of ‘optimisms’.


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Natural optimism, resilient optimism, purposeful optimism, realistic optimism, cautious optimism, relentless optimism, infectious optimism, professional optimism, sunny optimism, abundant optimism, worried optimism, sparkling optimism, serene optimism, bold optimism, stubborn optimism, radical optimism, magnetic optimism, audacious optimism or climate optimism.  Try any of the list of 100 optimisms below.

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Abundant optimism, active optimism, adaptive optimism, aggressive optimism, apocalyptic optimism, audacious optimism and authentic optimism.

Balanced optimism, A beacon of optimism, bold optimism, buoyant optimism, brash optimism, brutal optimism, bubbly optimism, bulletproof optimism

Can-do optimism, cautious optimism,

Christian optimism, civic optimism and clear-eyed optimism.

Cockeyed optimism.
(See "Joe Biden is a bit of a Cockeyed Optimist")

Complicated Optimism.

Conscious optimism, conditional optimism, congenital optimism,  constructive optimism, and contagious optimism.

Courageous Optimism

Covert optimism, creative optimism, critical optimism or cultural optimism?

Data-driven optimism or defiant optimism

Deep Optimism or Deep-Seated Optimism?

Deliberate optimism or desperate optimism.

Determined Optimism and Diehard Optimism.

Dispositional optimism, disruptive optimism or diversity optimism?

Dogged optimism or dynamic optimism?


Ebullient optimism, eco-optimism, electoral optimism, encouraging optimism, enduring optimism, engaged optimism, enormous optimism, enthusiastic optimism, eternal optimism.

Everlasting Optimism

Evidence-based optimism.

Existential optimism?

Extraordinary optimism or Extreme Optimism?

Fantastic optimism, fervid optimism.

Fervent Optimism
(See Geffrye Parsons is Fervently Optimistic)


Fierce optimism, fighting optimism, flexible optimism, forever hopeful optimism, forward-thinking optimism and free-range optimism.

Fundamental Optimism
(Read Australian PM Albanese's use of this term)

Generalised optimism, a glimmer of optimism, great optimism or grounded optimism?

Guarded Optimism?

Hardwired Optimism?

Healthy Optimism, heart-based optimism or heart-stirring optimism?

High Optimism?

Hopeful in-the-closet optimist?😉

Idealistic optimism, incurable optimism and infectious optimism.

Immense optimism.

Indefatigable optimism.

Infinite optimism or impatient optimism.

Informed optimism (Used by WEF in Earth Decides)

Incremental optimism?

Inner Optimism?

Innovators’ optimism, intelligent optimism, intentional optiismand irrepressible optimism.

Latent optimism and laughter-filled optimism.

Legal Optimism.

Liberal optimism, liquid optimism and lived optimism.

Lively optimism!  
(See A Sense of Lively Optimism Permeates Lisa Congdon’s Work)


Long-now optimism and long-term optimism.

Macro optimism, magnetic optimism, mature optimism, maverick optimism, measured optimism, metaphysical optimism, militant optimism, and modern optimism.

Modest Optimism 
(See Alaska's modest optimism)

Motivational optimism

Natural optimism, nervous optimism, net-zero optimism, never-ending optimism and never-say-die optimism.

Organic optimism?

Palpable Optimism?

Pathological optimism, patient optimism, perennial optimism, and persistent optimism.

Playful optimism.

Plausible Optimism.

Plucky can-do optimism?

Pollyanna optimism.

Read "In Praise of Pollyanna"

Profound Optimism.

Protective Optimism
(Read John Dobell, who says, "Protective optimism is a temporally stable trait that acts as a tool for better mental and physical health and can help us all achieve positive outcomes even when faced with seemingly impossible odds."

Pure optimism,

Practical optimism, pragmatic optimism, progressive optimism and purposeful optimism.

Radical optimism

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Raging optimism, realistic optimism, realists’ optimism and rational optimism.

Rebellious Optimism

Reformist's optimism?

Refreshing Optimism.

Relative optimism, relentless optimism, renewed optimism.

Reserved Optimism (save me!)

Restless optimism, 

Ridiculous optimism, romantic optimism, revolutionary optimism, resilient optimism, resolute optimism, rigorous optimism and resolute optimism.

Restrained optimism.

Rowdy optimism

Science-based Optimism

Scrupulous optimism, serene optimism and sheer optimism.

Sky-High Optimism

Sparkling optimism, stirring optimism, stoic optimism, strategic optimism, stubborn optimism, sunny optimism and super optimism.

Supreme Optimism?

Tactical optimism, techno-optimism, tempered optimism, tenacious optimism.  

Tepid Optimism (not a superpower)

Therapeutic optimism and tough-minded optimism.‪

Tragic Optimism (Victor Frankl's “what matters is to make the best in any given situation")

Tremendous optimism.

Unabashed optimism or unapologetic optimism.

Unbending optimism, unbreakable optimism, unbridled optimism, unfailing optimism, unflagging optimism.

Unquenchable optimism, unreasonable optimism, unrelenting optimism, unreserved optimism, unrivalled optimism, unshakeable optimism, unsinkable optimism, unswerving optimism, unwavering optimism.

Urgent Optimism
(Read Prince William on his Urgent Optimism and Urgent Optimism: Your Superpower for the 2020s?)

Vibrational Optimism.

Veiled optimism, vicarious optimism, visionary optimism.

Walt Disney Level Optimism.

Wary Optimism
(Read Sam Hurwitt on Lynn Nottage's Clyde's Optimism)

Weaponized optimism, wild optimism, wilful optimism.

Youthful Optimism.

Zealous optimism OR Zesty Optimism!

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Libby Mears said,  "Optimism is such an important lens to take in all areas of life, optimism helps you find a way through the challenging times, helping us see the big picture and ensures our brains are looking for new opportunities! Being optimistic is a super power."

Jennifer Rothschild

"Joy is not natural. Optimism is not natural. It is supernatural.”

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