Hope is being able to see that there is lightby Desmond Tut
despite all of the darkness.
We all know how important goals, positive attitude, determination are for success and well-being. There is another element which is a must have for success and well-being. It's HOPE. Research shows it's a crucial element of our physical and mental well-being. People who are hopeful take care of themselves, have healthier habits. They eat better, take care of their mind and body, get less sick and have less depression.
Hope sees beyond the obvious. Hope may seem naive. But, without hope, we don't have much. Hopeful students have better grades, hopeful couples are more satisfied and more likely to have a better relationship. People who are hopeful don't just have a goal or wish, they have the inspiration to implement their plan and they figure out a plan to achieve it. Hope is the belief, a belief that the future will be better than the present and that you have some power to make it so. It differs from optimism, which is the belief that things will work out no matter what you do. When people lose hope, it's because they are focusing on obstacles. When we focus on the negative, we get negative. Like attracts like. And, when we focus on the positive, we reap positivity.
According to Anthony Scioli, a professor of psychology at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., and author of "Hope in the Age of Anxiety" (2009) and "The Power of Hope" (2010), hope is made of four components. Attachment, which is a sense of constant trust and connection to another person. Mastery, or empowerment, is a feeling of being strong and capable—and of having people you admire and people who validate your strengths. Survival has two features—a belief that you aren't trapped in a bad situation and have a way out, and an ability to hold on to positive thoughts and feelings even while processing something negative. Spirituality is a belief in something larger than yourself.
Hope should remain strong on the list of human needs. It gives light for us to continue on and find the way out of the darkness. Often, hope is all we need to keep on living. It's the foundation to build one's life upon. It's is a commitment to continue to struggle, creates endurance and strength in a person. Otherwise, one may simply sit back and wish away his or her life. Hope gives people the courage to take actions, overcome disappointment and still go strong, to have an infinite courage and carry one.
Even U.S. presidents invoke all these traits to varying degrees in speeches that aim to inspire hope. Take Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, widely considered one of the most hope-inspiring orations in U.S. history. Dr. King laid out a dream, but also had instructions: "We cannot walk alone." "We cannot turn back." "Let us not wallow in the valley of despair."
The person who has hope has the will and determination that goals will be achieved, and a set of different strategies at their disposal to reach their goals. Put simply: hope involves the will to get there, and different ways to get there.