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