According to Charles Synder’s Hope theory (Snyder, 1991), “hope is like a snap-shot of a person’s current goal-directed thinking, highlighting the motivated pursuit of goals and the expectation that those goals can be achieved.” In this theory, Snyder focuses on hope in the context of doing something to accomplish goals. Thus, hope helps those dealing with challenging life events to remain optimistic by doing something that will create better circumstances. An article by the Conversation states that “hope is a mindset that helps us work towards our goals, even when we face significant adversity.” An article by Positive Psychology lists eight benefits of having hope:
1. Hope can improve your overall well-being, self-esteem, and relationships.
2. People who are hopeful view difficult situations as opportunities rather than threats; they have lower stress levels.
3. Hope helps individuals accomplish their goals because they believe they will achieve them.
Overall, having hope will help individuals become more successful in their endeavors than their hopeless counterparts.
Hope is more than just wishful thinking and having optimism. When someone has hope, they know that they will have obstacles, but they believe they can get through them and come out stronger because of them. Hope allows us to keep going even when we feel like giving up. It gives us a reason to live and fight another day. This is why we need to provide hope to the families we serve—helping them realize that things will get better with hard work and determination. In 2020, our clients’ hope increased by 10% after completing a program at Family Builders.
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