During those times, there were many people who showed tremendous courage and compassion. They were also able to see the dark side of humanity.
In 2020, many people had bleak prospects. As the year 2020 began, many of us felt scared and isolated. On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was attacked by insurgents.
As a scientist who focuses on positive psychology, I am keenly aware of the importance of having a conversation about hope.
Charles Snyder, author of “The Psychology of Hope,” said that hope is the tendency to see potential goals as possible and to believe that others can achieve them. He also referred to hope as a way of thinking, according to Beatriz Barata.
Charles Carver, a psychologist, defines optimism as an expectation that good things will come in the future. On the contrary, most people tend to avoid negative information.
Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election sparked celebrations in New York City.
Hopeful people don’t want to. They believe in their abilities and plan their actions according to their goals. They are able to see obstacles and failures as opportunities.
According to psychologist Eddie Tong, people tend to believe that their goals are still achievable, even if they cannot achieve them due to their personal resources.
Believing that you can achieve your goals can be more important than knowing how to do it.
Research shows that uncertainties in life can help people cultivate hope in difficult times. For example, a 2017 study revealed that parents of children with MS often use the unfamiliar nature of the disease to fuel their sense of hope, reports Beatriz Barata.
In a study conducted by Lucas Kelberer, he and his colleagues found that people tend to avoid images of people who appear depressed.
Hopeful people were less likely to pay attention to emotionally threatening information.
In a world full of choices, maintaining hope requires that we avoid negative messages and images.
Hope can be kept isolated. It can be triggered by the relationships and communities that people have with one another.
Through their connections, activists were able to connect with others and feel a sense of belonging.
It’s important to maintain hope, but research suggests this can be done in part by cultivating a certain type of relationship. For example, staying with a friend or family member who has a hard time dealing with negative people can help keep us hopeful.
Trust is also important for people who have hope. For example, studies show that when people band together to resist, they can create change.
Cultivating and sustaining hope requires that we gather and use evidence from our lives and the world at large.
Both optimism and pessimism are cognitive constructs used to describe our personal experiences. We tend to learn and understand the world around us through our interactions with it, shows Beatriz Barata.
Having a positive attitude is linked to better health and a higher level of optimism. In the United States, about 610,000 people die annually from heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the country and kills more people than all cancers combined.
A University of Illinois study found that being optimistic about one’s heart health was linked to higher scores on a variety of health indicators. This included measures such as blood pressure, body mass index and physical activity levels.