One of the attributes we know successful people have is an optimistic lens. They look for solutions, not problems. Over the years, our coaching team has always noted that high performers and people who are deliberately managing their personal growth are those who value optimism.
Interestingly, for some people, it comes naturally. The sky is always blue, there is always a way and people should be trusted unless they show you they shouldn’t be. And for others, it’s actually a mindset they have to work really hard at creating.
Today’s article is intended to give your view of the world a boost. There is so much negativity going around right now, but there is also much to be joyful about. There are humans every day who are achieving great things and changing the world for the better. Prepare to be inspired.
Mexican wolves once roamed America’s south-west, but by the 1970s, their population was decimated (bear with us here, this is actually a good news story!). To repopulate the species, in 2014, biologists launched a fostering program, in which they snuck captive-bred wolf pups into wild dens in the hope they’d be adopted. The strategy worked and the wild population of North America’s rarest wolf subspecies is now on the rise.
In another case of creatures bouncing back from the brink, conservation scientists in Queensland are using a strategy, known as ‘headstarting’, to save young bridled nailtail wallabies. Researchers recently placed the smallest wallabies inside an area inaccessible to feral cats (their main predator), only releasing them back into the wild once they’d matured. While less than half the juvenile population typically reaches adulthood, 89 per cent of the program’s wallabies survived to make the trip back home to the wild.
Protecting the environment
An initiative in West Bengal, India, is doing its bit for the environment, as well as the local education system. The Sunshine Schools project aims to install solar systems at 1,000 schools each year, adding at least 250 megawatts of solar power to the grid by 2030. Not only does this help schools cut annual carbon emissions by 10 tonnes apiece, it also provides a reliable power source inside classrooms. Win-win!
Oil-guzzling cars are on the way out and Volkswagen has set a date for their exit. The car manufacturer has announced it will stop making cars with internal combustion engines in Europe by 2035 – committing to its plan to focus on electric and hybrid models in the coming years instead. Other brands, including Ford, Mini, Jaguar, Bentley, Volvo, Audi and Honda have likewise announced petrol-engine phase-out plans. About time.
No doubt this figure will be outdated by the time you read it, but at the time of writing, 28 per cent of the global population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 14.4 per cent is fully vaccinated. This comes as we pass the 4 billion mark for doses administered (at a rate of 37.26 million a day). Here’s to life getting back to normal soon…
Speaking of vaccines, a recent study has highlighted the impact of vaccinations for 10 pathogens: hepatitis B virus, Haemophilus influenzae type B, HPV, Japanese encephalitis, measles, Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A, Streptococcus pneumoniae, rotavirus, rubella virus, and yellow fever virus. It found that, by 2030, vaccinations for these conditions will have prevented 69 million deaths over the past three decades – and most of those lives saved are among children younger than five.
It’s normal to be nostalgic for our ‘innocent’ past; those golden days when life was simple and carefree. When kids were allowed to be kids, riding their bikes around the neighbourhood, because it was safe to do so. Well, according to the authors of The Vanishing Criminal, this perception is way off, because crime has, in fact, been steadily declining over the past two decades. Between 2001 and 2017 in Australia, the murder rate, for example, fell by 50 per cent, attempted murder by 70 per cent, and overall homicide by 59 per cent. The likelihood of being the victim of theft and various other transgressions is getting lower and lower, too. This crime decline is synonymous with data in the UK, the US, parts of Western Europe and New Zealand as well. So much for the ‘good old days’!
It’s only fitting to round out this list with a story from the Olympics. You may recall the name Yusra Mardini: the Syrian refugee who, aged 17, fled the war in her home country, embarking on a 25-day journey that, at one stage, saw her swimming alongside a broken boat full of people, pushing them to safety in Greece. She was part of the inaugural IOC Refugee Olympic Team in Rio 2016 and has been back in action at Tokyo, not only competing in the 100m butterfly, but carrying the flag for her team at the Opening Ceremony. A true champion.
See, there is plenty of good to be found in the world if you just take the time to look!
- The Coach Place Global.
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