“Well-being Pills” is an optimism stimulator. It is used in the treatment of widespread negativity and contemporary anxieties. It contains opinions, peculiarities, confidence-inducing quirks, all rigorously extracted from Eumetra’s surveys. No contraindications or side effects are reported. The recommended dose is 1 pill every fortnight. It is preferable to take the product on a full stomach, to combine its effects with those of a good lunch.

With this column, we set out to highlight our research findings that leave an undeniable aftertaste of optimism. We mainly collect people’s opinions, so to find these ‘magic numbers’ we really have to arm ourselves with patience. We have to look for them like one does four-leaf clovers, because the current picture is certainly not rosy. However, to find them – to come across a hint of positivity – is to strengthen hope in mankind and is therefore something that can turn the whole day into a good day.

For example, in the Observatory that we carry out in Italy for Findomestic, we recorded an increase in the propensity to buy cars, for the second month in a row. Let’s be clear, these are not signatures on contracts but a declared intention to consider buying a vehicle, over the next three months. In December 2022 it was 14.5% of Italians who expressed it and in February 2023 as many as 20.5%. For goodness sake, fluctuations, as we know, come and go. However, if we consider the overall picture, this figure has something extraordinary about it.

The car industry is undergoing a complex transition to electric. Here are just a few of the elements generating entropy, in purely random order: the conflicting decisions of central policy, such as the stop on the sale of non-zero-emission cars by 2035; the equally controversial decisions of local policy, which tends towards sweet mobility (in the city, you can drive at a maximum speed of 30 km/h); the Lilliputian dispute over which motorisation pollutes more or less; the high prices of cars and even higher energy prices; the low autonomy of electric cars; and the very scarce presence of recharging stations.

In short, if buying a car used to be a pleasure, now it has become a complex choice, for more than capable thinkers, and those armed with a wallet capable of bearing the risk associated with the uncertainty behind the choices to be made. Yet, the human being goes on. It regenerates, mutates, adapts to the environment until it always finds the solution to its problems. In the end, it evolves more and better than technology.