Research released today shows Kiwis are very optimistic, with living here in New Zealand a major factor behind our optimism.
New Zealand has a fairly good reputation around the world as a beautiful place with great people.
But what do we Kiwis really think about each other and our country?
After the Covid-19 pandemic and the 2020 lockdown, you could be forgiven for thinking people were a little more pessimistic about life.
But research released today shows Kiwis are very optimistic, with living here in New Zealand a major factor behind our optimism.
In a study conducted by Tip Top, 82 percent of respondents described ourselves as optimists, with 9 out of 10 describing New Zealanders as positive.
Regardless of age, gender and wherever you live in the country, the majority are optimistic.
However, those over 60 years of age are the most optimistic and having children also helps you see the bright side of life.
While Covid-19 has caused chaos around the world, 85 percent of Kiwis continue to strive for optimism.
Those surveyed noted three main areas that gave them optimism for 2021.
Eighty-six percent were positive mostly about New Zealand’s natural beauty, 79 percent about our response to Covid-19 and 63 percent about our friendly people.
Only 2 percent said there was nothing to be optimistic about.
Most of those surveyed also believe New Zealand is one of the best countries on Earth.
Associate Professor Chris Krägeloh from the AUT Department of Psychology and Neuroscience said it seemed the Kiwi was ready to tackle the more challenges it faced.
“Research clearly links optimism to well-being and happiness. The results of this survey show that New Zealanders appear ready to face whatever challenges 2021 will present.”
“Of course, the reasons for optimism are mixed, and our predictions for the future are always adjusted depending on what we see in the news.”
Because the Kiwis are feeling more optimistic today than they were six months ago (half said they have improved), the researchers also asked what they were looking forward to this year.
Community, family time, and the Covid-19 vaccine were all named by more than 50 percent of those questioned.
“It appears that New Zealand as a whole is very resilient and may benefit from less disruption to life during the 2020 lockdown than other countries, which will set them well for a positive outlook in 2021,” said Associate Professor Krägeloh.
“Previous international welfare surveys show New Zealand as a relatively quiet country – less socially inclined than people in European countries. This in turn could have a less disruptive effect on last year’s Kiwi social welfare, and a sense of optimism. higher for next year.
“As such, relatively quiet New Zealanders can handle lockdowns better than people in other countries, but of course that doesn’t mean New Zealanders shouldn’t hang out for ice cream, hook up and give each other a boost for the future. “
Other findings include:
• 60 percent of Kiwis are optimistic about New Zealanders working together on things that matter
• 59 percent are optimistic about a Covid-19 vaccine for everyone
• 55 percent are optimistic about spending time with family
• 37 percent said being able to travel to another Covid-19-free country was the thing they were most optimistic about
• 4 out of 10 Kiwis have made New Year’s resolutions – and the more optimistic you are, the more likely you are to make them
• New Zealanders rate their optimism for the next year as 7 out of 10
The survey was conducted between January 7 and 12, with 750 Kiwis over 18 from across the country participating.