The 7 Kinds of Hope

The 7 Kinds of Hope

Positive psychology is about positive emotions like happiness.

But positive psychology is also about much more than positive emotions; it is, in addition, interested in meaning and purpose, strengths and resilience, health and wellbeing and, in fact, so much more.

One of the oft overlooked constructs in positive psychology, and in psychology more generally, is hope.

Hope is super important for living a good life which is why I’m happy to share this Psych Central article (by Therese Borchard) which I hope you read and enjoy (see what I did there!) …

Awhile back Anthony Scioli, coauthor of “Hope in the Age of Anxiety” discussed nine forms of hopelessness and how you can overcome them. This week, I’ve invited Julie Neraas, author of “Apprenticed to Hope: A Sourcebook for Difficult Times,” to tell us about the different kinds of hope. Julie is an ordained minister, spiritual director and associate professor at Hamline University, and speaks regularly about hope, where it can guide you, how it can sustain you, and what meaning it can bring to your life. For more information visit Here’s Julie …

Not all hopes are alike. There are many different kinds like daily hopes — that rain won’t spoil the picnic, that the dentist will not find cavities. Or still larger hopes, for example that our children will be healthy and happy or that we will emerge from the recession and find adequate work. Or even more substantial hopes for a cure for cancer, for the well-being of our planet.

Here are still more kinds of hope. Remember most hope is good — it’s just important to understand there are different flavors of it!

1. Inborn Hope – Most children have hope, it’s their basic disposition unless adults do something to threaten it. Some people have to struggle for their hope while others seem to have it so easily. It depends on disposition.

2. Chosen Hope – This is the person with cancer who determinedly chooses to believe that treatment will be successful no matter the current outlook. It’s a parent’s right to hope for a child, even if things don’t look good at the mo-ment. Chosen hope is a life stance.

… keep reading the full & original article HERE