There has been considerable interest in optimism within the conservation community, but until recently, we did not know how optimistic conservation professionals were. Optimism is a relatively stable personality trait which is associated with increased resilience and proactive behaviours. In research published in Biodiversity and Conservation, Sarah Papworth, Becky Thomas and Sam Turvey showed that a sample of 171 conservation professionals in the UK were more optimistic than expected.
The study used the revised Life Orientation Test, which is a simple psychometric test for optimism. If you want to find out how optimistic you are, why not take the test - it only takes a few minutes: