What is Hope and Why Does it Matter?

Hope is one thing people don't always understand well, but oddly enough, all of us need it to live a happy, joyful, and healthy life. After all, hope helps you understand your situation and then shows you how to move out of the problem.

Per the dictionary, hope is "a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen." Hope sees the possibilities in a situation. But it does a lot more than that.

Hope isn't some warm fluffy bit of happiness, nor is it an idealistic dose of enthusiasm, though it might contain both emotions. Instead, hope is a goal that includes the desire to move forward and believe that you can.

It is essential to realize is that hope is necessary to live. Without it, we not only lose momentum, but we also lose our will to live entirely. Hope matters. Here's why:

Hope gets caught up in the interconnectedness of things. We need hope to realize our dreams, but our communities likewise need hope to survive as a group. Hope shows us what we live for and fight for.

Some other aspects of hope?

· Hope makes us creative. Without hope, we wouldn't search for out-of-the-box solutions to our challenges, nor would we waste time trying to find a new way to do things.

· Hope puts us to work. Without hope, there's no point in even trying to get a project done. Hope pushes us to get to work, to keep going, even when interest in that project diminishes.

· Hope moves us past any failure. When we are hopeful, we can see our setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow. Hope ignites our problem-solving abilities and allows us to understand the better way to do things is through experimentation and persistence.

· Hope makes us look toward the future. Further, hope helps us let go of the past and embrace our future with open arms. It sees us as going somewhere and then shows us the way to get there.

The best part about it? Hope's contagious.

When you go out into the world full of hope and enthusiasm, you can be sure to find it reciprocated by those around you and by those who have learned how to find hope.



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