In Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, she explores the meaning of the word hope.  Hope is not wishful anticipation. Hope is not an optimistic emotion.  Hope is a way of thinking.

C. R. Synder’s research says that hope happens when we: 

1. Can set realistic goals

2. Find a way to achieve these goals (including being flexible if change becomes necessary) and

3. Believe in ourselves.

Furthermore, hope is learned behavior. We cultivate hope by being intentional in our practice.  Parents can teach their children the value of hope and foster resilience by demonstrating determination, tolerance for disappointment and belief in self.

And this is hopeful news indeed.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul.  Hebrews 6:19. 

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