Friday, January 02, 2009

Can You Hope Your Way To Happiness?

Entering into 2009, many Americans are facing harsh economic times. The new President Elect - Barack Obama will be sworn into office in a couple of weeks, four letters come to mind H-O-P-E.

Hope has brought sanity to many who otherwise could have truly lost it... OR have indeed lost it all; mortgages, businesses, automobiles, health insurance and the list goes on and on......

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Personally, I thought back to when Barack Obama was promoting his book, THE AUDACITY OF HOPE - Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. Some thought his title was rather trite, yet look where such hope got him today!

Then we have some people who simply do not see much benefit in hoping and prefer to see the dismal view rather than better days ahead.

Hope According to Wikipedia Definition:
HOPE is "that something wished for can or will happen."

(In Christianity) The virtuous desire for future good
But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love. (1Cor. 13:13)

So... Can Hope Really Provide Help In People's Lives?

Interestingly enough, I came across an article that examines that very issue, I'd like to share it with you.

by: Beth Howard

"Can you hope your way to happiness? Apparently so. Investigators at The Ohio State University tested that idea by recruiting men and women who reported some dissatisfaction with their lives to take part in group therapy sessions that focused on learning how to hope.

"I am interested in discovering how we can learn lessons from people who are functioning well, and making those lessons available to people who are jhaving a harder time , " says study author Jennifer Cheavens, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Over eight weeks, participants were taught to develop a blueprint for getting what they want out of life as well as motivation to make dreams come true. They used positive self-talk to keep moving toward their goals.

The result: Group members had higher levels of hope , self-esteem and life meaning, and fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.

"We may be able to teach people how to be more hopeful," says Cheavens.

Source of Article: Remedy Health & Wellness for Life, themix, Quick Fixes for Energy , Health & Beauty, pg 8, Winter 2008 issue , Website:

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Today's Self-Improvement Resource:
Learn How To Hope Your Way To Happiness Here - One Day At A Time!

May Each and All Have A Hopeful and Blessed 2009!!

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