U4CW - Hope


7 Benefits of Having Hope  (from Positive Psychology:  “What is Hope in Psychology + 7 Exercises and Worksheets”)
  1. Individuals who are more hopeful and expect to be successful are more likely to experience a state of well-being. 
  2. Individuals with high hope are more likely to view stressful situations as challenging rather than threatening.
  3. Hope can be a protective factor against the development of chronic anxiety. 
  4. Hope helps motivation and taking action.
  5. Hope is positively related to overall life satisfaction.
  6. Hope helps people to maintain their positive involvement in life regardless of challenges.
  7. Hope is significantly correlated with superior academic and athletic performance, greater physical and psychological well-being, improved self-esteem, and enhanced interpersonal relationships.
7 Ways to Build Hope (from Psychology Today “Finding Hope” Karyn Hall)
  1. Find a clear path – look to the future – one day ahead, one week, one month, one year… what is one small step to get where you want to go?
  2. Look for role models – who inspires you?  Who do you look up to?  Who supports you?  Consider what you can learn from them.
  3. Do what you know you can do. – Sometimes just finding things you know you can do can move you from powerlessness to a sense of hope.  Make your bed, cook dinner, talk to a friend.  Take a step you can take.
  4. Perform an act of kindness.  Doing for others can have a dramatic impact on your mood and sense of well-being.
  5. Practice mindfulness.  Be present in your current life.
  6. Find your silver linings and things for which you are grateful.  What are the positives in your life?  What makes you smile?
  7. Connect with others.  Connections are a vital part of your mental wellness.  Even in these difficult times, find a way to talk with others and build relationships.