Boosting Optimism!

Personal Focus on OptimismBased on three decades of passionate investigation and experimentation in the world of positivity and optimism, I’m really excited about sharing the best of the ideas that I’ve been collecting.

I’m collating a list of Optimism Boosting videos, books, movies and songs plus some articles and other items of interest to Optimists from all over! Let me know about your favourites and I’ll add them in.

On this page, you’ll find a link to enrol yourself in a free nine-week “Optimism Booster” program.  In the program, you’ll explore and implement the 9 elements of The Optimists’ Manifesto – the keys to having more lift in your life and therefore in your business, your relationships – EVERYWHERE!

I encourage you to actively participate and take advantage of these ideas and feel free to share them with friends, family, workmates – anyone who needs a lift!


YouTube is a source of wonderful, uplifting videos. Here, we’re creating a playlist of the most uplifting, optimistic messages we can find. Tell us your favourites and we’ll add them in…

One of my current favourites is “Validation”, a fable about the magic of free parking, starring TJ Thyne & Vicki Davis; written, directed & composed by Kurt Kuenne. It’s a longish piece and has a great message. Who in your world could benefit from a little optimism; from some positive validation?


This next short film illustrates the power of words to radically change your message and your effect upon the world. How could you change the words you use to change your world?


With change being a permanent state of being in most workplaces, these days, we need to keep a sense of humour about it, to maintain our optimism. This video might help!



Which songs give you a lift? What do you play, if you want to boost your spirits? We’d love to hear your suggestions and they’ll get added to the playlist…

Michael Franti’s bouncy beat and message of sunshine is a good start…


Or you can join Katrina and the Waves and go “Walking on Sunshine”…


Or a classic from Monty Python to keep you looking on the “Bright Side of Life”



‘Movies that make you feel optimistic’ is a tricky topic. Some people get a lift from the “overcoming obstacles” stories; some want a “laugh until you cry” comedy; others prefer something more “deep & meaningful”.  What works for you?

Here’s a developing list of my favourites…