At the core of our work at the Centre for Optimism, We ask "What makes you Optimistic?"
Formed global in 2019 as the offspring of the Australian Leadership Project, we are over 6000 global leaders from 82 countries interested in leading people out of the fog of pessimism and cynicism.
We empower people to become more optimistic themselves and to foster optimism in those around them.
The times call for "realistic and infectiously optimistic leadership" and we believe "the leader looks like the person in your mirror." So, we foster "realistic and infectiously optimistic leadership."
We are a movement for optimism.
An optimistic spirit can bring significant benefits, including happiness, joy, active longevity, better health including lower risks of cardiovascular disease, better sleep, greater resilience, stronger relationships and increased self-mastery.
An OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills in schools found, “Emotional stability skills are found to be the most predictive of mental health. Optimism has the highest relation to life satisfaction scores"
The Psychologist Michael F. Scheier put this well. "We know why optimists do better than pessimists. The answer lies in the differences between the coping strategies they use. Optimists are not simply being Pollyannas; they're problem solvers who try to improve the situation. And if it can't be altered, they're also more likely than pessimists to accept that reality and move on. Physically, they're more likely to engage in behaviors that help protect against disease and promote recovery from illness. They're less likely to smoke, drink, and have poor diets, and more likely to exercise, sleep well, and adhere to rehab programs. Pessimists, on the other hand, tend to deny, avoid, and distort the problems they confront, and dwell on their negative feelings. It's easy to see now why pessimists don't do so well compared to optimists."
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