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We have to remain optimistic

By Bill Fox

I mentioned a few weeks ago that, much to my surprise, my column had been read in Australia. That particular column was on hope. As a result, a representative of the Centre for Optimism reached out to me offering a free subscription to their newsletter. With their permission I am reproducing some of their findings on a global survey about optimism.

The first global survey by the Centre for Optimism has found government, the economy, business conditions and consumer confidence are all missing in action as sources of optimism.

More than 500 respondents from 26 countries cited life experience, mind-set, family, friends, faith, gratitude and young people as their main sources for optimism.

Here are some of the survey answers to the question “What makes you optimistic?”:

– “The joy of connecting with people and striving to live a meaningful life.”

– “Life seems to run smoother when you have a positive outlook even in the worst circumstances.”

– “Life is good even with hiccups along the way.”

– “I am a research scientist. I constantly believe that what I try to do every day has the potential to improve our world. Optimism is fundamental to my everyday activities.”

– “The magic of life helps me be optimistic, so flowers and trees and gardens and butterflies and bees, growing and nourishing and thriving help me.”

– “Fifty-two years of evidence that if I have a positive attitude and good work ethic, things will turn out well for me.”

– “Both optimism and pessimism are self-fulfilling prophecies. I choose optimism not out of naivety, but for the way it marshals forces that help the outcomes I seek.”

– “Long term experience tells me, plus I believe ‘what you put out there, is what you get back’.”

– “I have an amazing family and friends and have everything I need for the good times and the bad times. I know if I work hard at my goals and am kind and respectful that my future will always be good.”

– “I see many positive things happening every day at a community and individual level and it reminds me that the good people outweigh the disruptive ones.”

I found some other quotes about optimism:

– “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

– “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank,

– “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make, makes you. Choose wisely.” – Roy T. Bennett,

– “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo

– “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” – Christine Caine

So we are obviously in tough times both health wise and economically.

I will add that for me, I have a routine where I start my day, every day, with some spiritual readings and meditation, and I’m convinced with God’s help, I am optimistic, that I can get through my day with serenity, regardless of circumstances.

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