HOPE…For many people, it is just a word but in actual, it’s a reason to be positive in negative times. it is a very important trait for those people who see possibly good in future events especially when those events are potentially negative. According to 20 years of scientific research conducted by positive psychology founder Martin Seligman, hope reduces feelings of helplessness, boosts happiness, reduces stress, and improves our quality of life.
Hope gives you motivation
The most hopeful people in the world are also the most motivated.
If you were absolutely without hope, you wouldn’t bother to even attempt to do anything positive because… well, you’ll fail, right? So why would you even both? Why bother working hard when it won’t pay off? Why bother going to the gym when you’ll never be fit anyway. Why bother? Without hope, it all seems so completely pointless. So you’ll never achieve anything.
Hope gives you the motivation. Hope is that voice inside that says, “Yes, you can.” And it’s that voice that makes you work hard, that makes you learn new things, that gives you the impetus to actually try. In Hope Theory, which is a psychological view of hope, it’s believed that when we are hopeful we are given the motivation to make positive choices and to take positive actions that will move us along the path to success. A lot of research backs this claim. But forget the science. We can all feel, inside, what it is like to be hopeful and why we need hope so much.
Hope has been shown to:
- Make you wake up feeling positive
- Hope helps you control your emotions
- Boosts your immune system
- Improves general health
- Reduces stress
- Reduces joint pain (pessimism causes stress which makes us hold the body in the ways that produce pressure, worsening joint pain)
- Improves respiration
- Hope is essential for creating self-worth
- Reduces anxiety
- Improves social relationships
- Motivates positive action that leads to real-life success.
- Hope motivates positive actions that will lead to positive results.
- Hope helps strengthen the immune system.
- Hope improves social relationships (you’ll get more friend being an optimist).
- Hope makes you happy.
“In this world, Hope still remains strong on the list of human needs. It is like a single candle during the night, it gives light for us to continue on and find the way out of the darkness. This light of hope burns so strongly in the hearts of some. Hope is all we need to keep on living. It is the foundation to build one’s life upon. It is a commitment to continue to struggle, creates endurance and strength in a person. Otherwise, he or she is simply sitting back and wishing away his or her life. Because of hope some people take action and decide what will become of their life. People must also accept finite disappointment, but must never lose infinite hope, because in life there will be many failures, but without hope, there will never be a single achievement. Hope is a very necessary component of everyday life. We must never give up and never think that our goal is impossible or too hard to attain. If everyone thought that the goals that they had set in life were too difficult, there wouldn’t be any of the great inventions today, and this world would be a much different place. Hence, hope will always be the roadmap and light to the darkest path of life. It will be one’s guide on his or her path to happiness.”
Hope is incredibly important in life for health, happiness, and for success.
The research shows that optimistic people are more likely to live fulfilling lives and to enjoy life. Plus, by relieving stress, hope helps to reduce the risk of many of the leading causes of death (high blood pressure, heart attack).