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January is about Hope #FlourishInsideOut

January 2, 2017

If you’ve been following this blog in the last month, you might have heard about my intention to Flourish Inside Out in 2017. Each month, I will be focussing on one positive emotion and sharing pictures on Instagram. You are welcome to join in on the project by taking photos or sharing words, quotes, drawings on Instagram (#flourishinsideout) or the Facebook group. The theme for January is Hope.

What is hope?

In the early 90s, positive psychologist Charles R Snyder and his colleagues came up with the Hope Theory. Basically, they theorised that those individuals who have hope have the will and determination to achieve their goals and develop strategies as a result of the hope to help them get there. Hope is a powerful motivating factor. There have been some disagreements in psychology with some researchers claiming hope to be an emotion while others looking at it purely as a cognitive construct that results eventually in positive emotions.

The benefits of hope

  • It helps us develop a mindset and strategies to achieve success
  • In addition to being a positive emotion, it also is a dynamic cognitive motivational system
  • It leads to learning goals which help us thrive
  • It acts as a buffer against negative self-talk and emotions such as anxiety and depression
  • Studies have shown hope is linked to better academic achievement, future academic success and even better physical health

How do we develop hope?

Fortunately, hope is a learned concept. We can develop it.

  • Set realistic goals
  • Break down long-term goals into smaller steps
  • Look at multiple approaches to achieve your goals
  • Look for the silver lining in difficult situations
  • Challenge your thinking: it’s not about thinking positively but it is important to not personalise situations and to view problems as temporary
  • Keep taking small steps in spite of roadblocks along the way; hope is cultivated with the actions we take
  • Understanding that you cannot control every situation and learning to let go off some things
  • Remember the times when you may have previously thought situations were hopeless but they worked out in the end
  • Look for other stories that depict a sense of hope
  • Look for meaning in the suffering and that itself can give you hope

Join me this month as I aim to develop a sense of hope. It’s the perfect way to start a new year. I will share photos of things I’m hoping for this year, things that give me a sense of hope in the world and words that speak to me.

Do come back at the end of the month for a link-up and a round-up of my photos.

How do you develop hope? What are you hoping for in 2017?

Do share!

***Linking with Denyse for Life this week and Corinne for Monday Musings***

Image Source: Pixabay

Until next time,


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  • Reply Beat About the Book January 2, 2017 at 9:35 PM

    There’s plenty to take away from your post Sanch. The bits about breaking up your goals and moving ahead despite roadblocks resonate a lot with me.
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  • Reply Anamika Agnihotri January 2, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    Congratulations to you Sanchie for taking up this project and good luck to you . Those were some helpful pointers about how to develop hope and are perfectly doable.

  • Reply Jodi Gibson January 2, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    Love this Sanch. Hope and positivity go such a long way. I’m feeling an overwhelming sense of hope for the new year and I’m hoping my senses are spot on!

  • Reply Rajlakshmi January 3, 2017 at 12:12 AM

    Loved all the points on developing hope. Looking for silver lining in any situation is a great starter to remain positive and keep hope alive. This is a beautiful initiative and I wish you luck 🙂

  • Reply Maliny Mohan January 3, 2017 at 2:49 AM

    Wishing you the very best for this endeavour, Sanch. Indeed a beautiful way to start the project with the word Hope. I agree to all the points you mentioned here and I have imbibed a few too to make use of in my real life. Thank you for writing this post 🙂
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  • Reply Shalini R January 3, 2017 at 4:51 AM

    That’s an awesome start, Sanch. What’s life without hope!
    Wish you a very happy new year. <3
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  • Reply Denyse January 3, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Such a great way to start your new year on the CC and in your new role. I hope that you continue to flourish in the many aspects of your life which are important. Many good things here for me and others to take on board. I love Martin Seligmann (and sometimes forget to read him more!) and got to hear him speak in Sydney a few years back. Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 1/52 Denyse
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  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues January 3, 2017 at 12:18 PM

    Hope is such a powerful word and certainly one that we all need to dwell on a lot more. I love this initiative of yours, Sanch.
    Good luck with it.
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  • Reply Deborah January 3, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Hope is something I’ve struggled with a lot in the past. I think I’m in a better place at the moment and think that bodes well in terms of what I want to achieve.
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  • Reply Deb @ inner compass designs January 3, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    That is great. A lot of my approach to this year falls right in with your ways to build up hope list. Looking forward to following along with your year.

  • Reply Soumya January 3, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    Hope is such a beautiful thing, isn’t it? I’m hoping to survive everything that comes my way this year and I’m also hoping to make a difference in the lives of many others.

    Wishing you a very happy new year dear Sanch!
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  • Reply Charlotte January 4, 2017 at 4:45 AM

    This is wonderful. I think there’s absolutely a lot of truth to that phenomenon, of holding on to hope and having it manifest in wonderful ways. My bf taught me about Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) a few years ago, which is very similar and has helped me in a lot of different circumstances. Wishing you all the best for 2017 and hope you have a great year ahead of you 🙂 Am now following you across all platforms and excited to connect more.
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  • Reply Vinitha January 4, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Hope is such a beautiful word and feeling. What would life be without hope! Congrats on taking up this project, Sanch. I am sure many of us would benefit from this.
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  • Reply Alicia O'Brien January 4, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    You really have hit the ground running in the new year. I love this post, so much helpful information on developing hope. I think I will benefit from reading your words this year x I think too, you have the beginnings of a fabulous book here, that will be useful to loads of people 😉
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  • Reply Ramya Abhinand January 4, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    Hope.. yes it is one the greatest things in life. Its hope that keeps us going during dark and dull days. It is hope that makes us dream big . It is hope that makes us seek out to our aspirations. Have a great year ahead, and love your initiative for the month.

  • Reply Jo Tracey January 5, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    Hope…one of the best words in the English language…Loving your flourish from the inside initiative.

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