How Hope Can Improve Your Life, Backed By Research

There is always hope.

TIME

There’s a scientific reason to have hope

Everyone says “have hope.” Is that just silly pollyanna optimism?

No. Actually there’s a science to hope.

Via Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined:

In 1991, positive psychologist Charles Snyder and colleagues came up with “hope theory.” According to their theory, hope consists of agency and pathways. The person who has hope has the will and determination to achieve goals and a set of various strategies at their disposal to reach their goals. Put simply: Hope involves the will to get there and different ways to get there.

Hope is “not just a feel-good emotion.” Hope is predictive.

Those without hope avoid bigger challenges, quit earlier, and act helpless.

Via Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined:

These results suggest that hope, as defined by Snyder and colleagues, is not just a feel-good emotion, but a dynamic cognitive motivational system. According to hope theory, emotions follow cognitions, not…

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