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?
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Until next time,