A Look at the International Inspiration Index for May, 2011
I started the I3 (The International Inspiration Index) is to get a handle on how people are feeling, what’s bothering them, and their outlook for the future. It started in two years ago, in April 2009. By the way, if you would like to take the ongoing I3 survey, go to www.AttitudeIndex.com. Please bookmark it and return every month if possible.
The bottom line?
It was getting kind of scary out there recently with our collective attitudes showing a heavy drop since the beginning of the year. Maybe it’s the results of summer, or just that things are changing, but our attitude rose significantly in May, for the first time since late last year.
Questions #1 #2: How’s your attitude – as well as those around you
The first two questions in the I3 are:
- How would you rate your attitude?
- How would you rate the attitude of those around you?
It’s interesting that we always rate our own attitude higher than the attitude of those around us. The dotted blue line is our attitude, the red line shows “Others,” those people with whom we interact on a daily basis. (If you’d like to read an fun, motivational analysis of the repercussions of that, you can follow this link.)
It’s been awhile since we showed a positivity jump like we saw in May.
I personally find it hard to believe it would be due to the killing of Osama Bin Laden, but that’s the only “positive” big news that took place in May, unless one is giddy over the fact that the world did not end as predicted on May 21.
Here are what I considered to be the big stories influencing us during May, 2011
- Killing bin Laden
- Midwest floods
- Debt ceiling battles begin
- Job gains but unemployment rate goes up
- Obama’s mid-east speech
- The Republican presidential field starts to shape up
- Several “important” men get involved in marital or sexual scandals
- End of the world on May 21
What is reassuring — at least to me — is that the overall trend of our own attitude, as well as our perception of others’ attitudes, has been positive (solid lines). I had the computer project through the summer and the trend is positive, as you can see from the chart above. The solid lines are the computer’s projections about where we’re headed. Of course, we never know what major events might affect us and change that course.