What is hope? - Deepstash
What is hope?

What is hope?

  • Hope is more than just a state of mind; it is an action-oriented strength.
  • According to hope researcher Dr. Charles Snyder, from a 'doing' poitn of view, hopefulness is a life-sustaining human strength comprised of clear idea of valuable goals, the capacity to develop strategies to reach those goals, and the ability to stay motivated to apply those strategies.
  • Hope gives us a reason to continue fighting and believing that things will improve, despite the unpredictable nature of our existence.

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Hope vs. optimism, wishful thinking, & wanting
  • Optimism is a positive attitude about a future event where we expect life to work out well and as expected. Hope is more realistic where we recognize that life may not work out as planned, but we still have a positive expectancy of things coming out fine.
  • Wishing is a passive general want or desire. But hope is a an active process, a commitment to seek future outcomes.
  • Wanting or wishing is more about outcomes with very low possibility of occuring. Whereas hope can evoke a future-oriented desire to achieve a goal.

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- Charles Snyder

"A rainbow is a prism that sends shards of multicolored light in various directions.

It lifts our spirits and makes us think of what is possible.

Hope is the same – a personal rainbow of the mind."

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4 Ideas to maintain hope
  • Hope map to develop a clear view of expectations and barriers en route. It helps move efficiently towards goals. And on completion, creates a sense of confidence, energy, & excitement. 
  • Hope journal is an effective tool to improve wellness, foster greater self-awareness, and cultivate hope. 
  • Explore beliefs about hope. If a picture could remind you of hope every morning, what would it be? What's the smallest possibel change that could make you feel more hopeful?
  • Your internal movie. Visualizing the possible hurdles in your way and finding alternate ways around & through challenges.

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8 Benefits of Having Hope
  1. Greater physical and psychological well-being, superior performance, improved self-esteem, and enhanced relationships.
  2. Better stress management. Hopeful people are more likely to see problems as challenges rather than threatening and so are more in control and lesser stressed out.
  3. Hopeful people are more motivated to maintaing positive involvement in life despite limitations iposed upon them.
  4. Hopeful people have greater control over how they want to reach their goals and are intrinsically motivated to overcome hurdles along the way.
  5. Hope is more likely to lead to overall life satisfaction.
  6. Greater potential for enhanced well-being over time.
  7. A study found that hope can be a protective barrier against developing chronic anxiety.
  8. A study by Dr. Snyder found that high hope students are more likely to graduate.

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Barriers to hope
  • Experiences & emotions when it's clear that outcome of a situation can no longer be controlled.
  • Inability to bring about a change that we desire in our life.
  • Absence of support or a solid support network.

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Describing Hope

Hope is a positive cognitive state based on determination and planning to meet a goal successfully. It consists of three things:

  • Goals thinking : the ability to create goals.
  • Pathways thinking : the capacity to plan specific strategies to reach those goals.
  • Agency thinking : the ability to stay motivated for using those strategies.

According to psychologist Charles Snyder, hope is in the context of doing (the capacity to achieve goals), not in the realm of being.

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Cautionary Hope

Research shows that during disasters, altruism and kindness happen more than greed and selfishness. To tide over the current crisis requires optimism along with caution.

Action and accomplishment is a requirement to improve our and other people's lives. We cannot wish away the current situation and need to take affirmative, organized action.

The planet needs us to fix itself, and we have plenty of work to do.

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Positive psychology: the "science of happiness"

The "science of happiness" was born as a result of Martin Seligman's (the father of positive psychology) endeavour to approach psychology beyond the idea of restoring normality in individuals and to look at happiness and contentment as ways to not only restore normality, but also to prevent and protect as well as potentially cure.

Positive psychology has three main areas: Generation of both short and long term healthy pleasures, joy obtained through the connection with others and happiness that comes from a meaningful life.

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