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Friday, May 08, 2009

What Are You Optimistic About?

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How often do you stop and tally up all that's wonderful around you, all that makes you feel truly optimistic?

I hadn't in a while until Ian Fitzpatrick specifically asked me What is it that you are optimistic about?

Here is what I am optimistic about.

Ian asked me to share the source of my optimism on The Optimist Conspectus, a "survey of contemporary optimism."

How could I not participate? I am a person whose glass isn't half full; rather it's full to overflowing! I appreciate that Alltop celebrates All the top Good and Uplifting news and that AdAge has launched the GoodWorks blog. Optimism affects all of us in powerful and positive ways.

I was intrigued with the genesis of Ian's survey of contemporary optimism. Here's how he described it:

"The project was borne of a recent observation that there is a great deal of optimism in society at the moment, even as we are witnessing massive economic turmoil, warfare and significant threats to our planet in the form of environmental destruction and disease. I am quite curious as to the cause for the optimism I witness. Some of it I ascribe to excitement about the new administration, although I think it actually goes much deeper.

The ultimate goal for the project is to create a set of data visualizations - a map of optimism - utilizing the most frequently-used words from the submissions to paint a picture of what it is that people are optimistic about, akin to two recent New York Times features: Map of Popular Super Bowl Words Used on Twitter and Inaugural Words - 1789 to the Present."

[BTW, those word maps are fascinating!]

Read more about The Optimist Conspectus. It will definitely have you thinking....

Also, go explore.

You see, what's marvelous is that all of the entries have been tagged: men, women and by geographic location.

Definitely submit your own tale of optimism - complete a form on The Optimist Conspectus.

Go on, Be Happy!

Thank you, Ian!

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