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What's Changing? - Hope



Please see below selected recent hope-related change.


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November 2021

  • The Atlantic noted that People tend to use hope and optimism as synonyms, but that isn’t accurate. In one 2004 paper in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, two psychologists used survey data to parse the two concepts. They determined that “hope focuses more directly on the personal attainment of specific goals, whereas optimism focuses more broadly on the expected quality of future outcomes in general.” In other words, optimism is the belief that things will turn out all right; hope makes no such assumption but is a conviction that one can act to make things better in some way.


April 2021


November 2020


October 2020

  • A study found that money alone doesn't make people happy - they need some hope for the future too. The study adds to the increasing pile of literature on the subject of how hope influences our wellbeing. The study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies surveyed hundreds of Americans to determine whether hope can buy the things money can't. Higher levels of income tied to higher levels of hope. Increases in hope were strongly and directly linked to improved levels of satisfaction, and the ability of statistical models to predict how happy a participant was more than doubled by adding in their levels of hope.


March 2020

  • Research suggests that during times of illness, hope has an impact on the nervous system that makes improvement and recovery more likely. This goes some way to explaining the “placebo effect” - a tangible physical improvement created by hope alone. Hope is not the same as optimism - it is active rather than passive. Hope motivates us into taking positive actions that can lead to positive results. Feeling hopeful allows us to approach problems and challenges with a strategy for success, increasing the chances of us actually achieving our goals. Author of The Anatomy of Hope, Jerome Groopman, states how though “false hope can lead to intemperate choices and flawed decision making. True hope takes into account the real threats that exist and seeks to navigate the best path around them.”


January-December 2019

  • It is only those who hope to transform human beings who end up by burning them, like the waste product of a failed experiment, warned Christopher Hitchens.
  • Professor of Psychology Barbara Fredrickson argued that hope comes into its own when crisis looms, opening us to new creative possibilities. Frederickson argues that with great need comes an unusually wide range of ideas, as well as such positive emotions as happiness and joy, courage, and empowerment, drawn from four different areas of one's self: from a cognitive, psychological, social, or physical perspective. Hopeful people are "like the little engine that could, [because] they keep telling themselves "I think I can, I think I can". Such positive thinking bears fruit when based on a realistic sense of optimism, not on a naive "false hope".
  • A theory developed by Charles R. Snyder argued that hope should be viewed as a cognitive skill that demonstrates an individual's ability to maintain drive in the pursuit of a particular goal. This model reasons that an individual's ability to be hopeful depends on two types of thinking: agency thinking and pathway thinking. Agency thinking refers to an individual's determination to achieve their goals despite possible obstacles, while pathway thinking refers to the ways in which an individual believes they can achieve these personal goals.
  • In chaotic environments hope is transcended without cultural boundaries, Syrian refugee children are supported by UNESCO's education project through creative education and psycho-social assistance. Other inter-cultural support for instilling hope involve food culture, disengaging refugees from trauma through immersing them in their rich cultural past.
  • Robert Mattox, a social activist and futurist proposed in 2012 a social change theory based on the hope phenomenon in relation to leadership, which argues that certain conditions must exist before even the most talented leaders can lead change.Given such conditions, Mattox proposesd a change management theory around hope, suggesting that a leader can lead change and shape culture within a community or organisation by creating a "hopescape".