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Fitness Wearables: Love, Hate, and In-Between

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, we’re steeped in cheerful music and hope-filled messages. But for many, hope is in short supply — and hard to hang on to. If your hope meter is running low, take heart.

Dr. Brené Brown offers this positive, practical message: Hope isn’t an emotion — it’s a learned way of thinking, which means you can cultivate hope in yourself and in others. What better gift could you give — and receive? Foster a growing sense of hope in your workforce this season by sharing these insights and tips.

Building Hope

Being hopeful isn’t about wishing for something; it’s believing you have the power to make a change. Let’s use fitness as an example. In The Gifts of Imperfection, Dr. Brown explains that hope develops when you:

  • Are clear about what you want to do or where you want to go and set realistic goals. I will walk briskly for 30 minutes on my lunch break, 4 times this week. 
  • Know what it takes to achieve your goals; you can hang in there when the going gets tough, and shift gears as needed. I’ll keep a pair of walking shoes nearby and schedule my daily walk. If it’s raining, I’ll walk the stairs indoors or stop by the gym after work to use the treadmill.
  • Believe in yourself. Getting fit isn’t easy, but I can and will do what it takes. I’m good at this; I’ve met many goals in my life.

Dr. Brown points out that not all goals look and feel the same — some are difficult and unpleasant; others are easy and fun. But tackling them all with grit and flexibility will help you become more hopeful. Nurture a sense of hope within your own heart and in the people around you, whatever the season… be a hope-monger. Try these ideas, then come up with more of your own.

Making and Keeping Friends

Expanding your social circle promotes goodwill and widens your reach for passing hope forward. Some ideas:

  • Organize a healthy holiday potluck or gift exchange at work 
  • Introduce yourself to a coworker you don’t know — after once or twice, it’s not that scary 
  • Invite neighbors to join your family for a holiday concert or tree-lighting event. 

Mastering Your Money

Avoiding the truth breeds fear and despair; putting it all on the table — and doing something about it — builds hope. Try these tips: 

  • Find out what’s what by listing monthly income and expenses, debts, and savings
  • Set a goal for expanding your income, reducing debt, or building long- and short-term savings or investments — if you’re in a hole, start shoveling 
  • Give yourself a standing ovation for each financial goal you achieve. 


Whether you handle the phones or lend an ear, you spread hope by conveying that somebody cares. Here’s how:

  • Take stock of ways your talents, skills, and passions can help your community; or inspiration, check out  
  • Support a local or global cause you care about — with action, time, or money 
  • Join the PTA, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, or another local service organization. 


Every time you do something to make life better you’ll believe in yourself a bit more… and kindle a growing sense of hope you won’t want to keep to yourself.



# Laurie Sawyer 2016-12-08 14:01
What a great way to bring out how we can cultivate and bring back the hope in our lives. Even when things don't look good around us, we decide how it will effect us. Trying to bring positive attitudes into a hard situation, causes others to be positive too.
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