Hope is an essential ingredient of optimism, which teaches us “dwell on the best possibilities” in a dire situation.Hope as a spiritual practise is a remedy for hopelessness, existentialism, nihilism.” According to Positive Psychologists who have studied the science of happiness, hope is a signature strength that improves our well being, providing peace of mind, contentment, life satisfaction.When out of work, the person envisions being hired by an employer again.
For some people life is a graveyard of buried hopes.
For others, it is the possibilities that motivate a person to achieve a desired outcome, to overcome hardship, to keep trying, to keep hoping despite the small odds of success. First, the hopeful person believes that life will work out, that they’ll solve the problem or overcome the illness, or get through the depression or grief. First, a hopeful person practises positive “self talk.” When faced with a stressful situation or hardship, and negative thoughts enter the person’s mind, the hopeful person will tell themselves, “It will work out.
Hope motivates us to persevere when our lives are infused stressful life situations or painful events.
The unemployed person searching for work is inspired by the image of a new job to pay the bills and purchase a few of life’s comforts, perhaps a television, i Pad, new pair of blue jeans, money to fill the refrigerator with food.
Hope assists the sick person in getting well, encouraging them to do what it takes to recover.
It reassures them, “you’ll get better.” Hope comforts the dying and gives them courage to face the unknown.
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Desmond Tutu said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.” It whispers, “You’ll overcome this hardship.” It reassures us, soothing our minds by reminding, “life will improve.” Our lives are infused with pain and suffering.
According to Charles R Snyder, a psychologist, hope includes three elements: a belief, a goal, and a path.
The person who is hopeful believes that he/she will succeed.