Thursday, July 31, 2014

5 Wonderful Benefits of hopefulness


Once you choose hope, anything's possible. ~Christopher Reeve
Rick Snyder, one of the leading specialists in hope, represents it as an ability to conceptualize goals, find pathways to these goals despite obstacles and have the motivation to use those pathways. To put it more simply, we feel hope if we: a) know what we want, b) can think of a range of ways to get there and c) start and keep on going.

What can hopefulness do for you?

A powerful motivator: According to an article, Happiness, Hope, and Optimism , C.R. Snyder, a University of Kansas psychologist, posed the following hypothetical situation to college students: "Although you set your goal of getting a B in a class, after your first exam, which accounts for 30% of your grade, you find you only scored a D. It is now one week later. What do you do?" Snyder found that hope made all the difference. Students with high levels of hope said they would work harder and thought of a wider range of things they could do to improve their final grade. Students with moderate levels of hope thought of several ways to improve their grade, but had far less determination to pursue them. Students with low levels of hope gave up attempting to improve their grade, completely demoralized (Goleman, 1995).

Reduce stress: According to another article, Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talkhaving a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It's also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don't smoke or drink alcohol in excess.
More resilient: Hopeful people may face setbacks and obstacles; they will not give up easily but are more determined to face challenges ahead.  In an article, Hope and Survival: The Power of Psychological Resilience,  Carol Farran, an eldercare expert from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, sought to understand why some nursing home residents thrived, despite adversity and isolation, while others just withered away. The difference between the two groups, she found, was hope. By "hope" she did not mean the blind or rigid optimism that usually passes for hope. Rather, for Farran, hope meant an openness to possibility (optimism), acceptance of risk and a determination to work things out. Hopeful people, she wrote, face reality in a clear-eyed fashion, doing the best they can. "The hopeful person looks at reality, and then arrives at solutions. If a hoped-for outcome became impossible, the hopeful person would find something else to hope for."
Life is worth living: Life is meaningful. Hopeful people have optimistic expectation for the future. They carry on living despite facing difficult circumstances. They are hopeful that things will get better one fine day. Hopefulness promotes cheerfulness and seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
Hope is happiness: Happy people diligently do what they need to do every day and hope for the best. Life, after all, is a journey. It ends only when your life ends. According to Robert Louis Stevenson it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive and the true success is to labor.


Hopefulness is pressed but not crushed. Do not give up hope.

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