What is hope and why does hope matter? Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Hope is about our future. It can be about our immediate future, it can also be long-term. Adults can be hopeful about having dinner with good friends or being a contributing member of a team. Children can be hopeful about going out to recess or learning something new. A community can be hopeful about selling cupcakes. Hope comes in different shapes and forms for different people. When we have hope, we are more likely to be committed to our work at hand.
There are things we can do to be more hopeful and even encourage others around us to have more hope. In education, we need to challenge every student to find at least one goal they are excited about, we need to teach them how to develop multiple pathways to achieve that goal, and then we need to help them overcome the obstacles they encounter until they can do it on their own. Research tells us hope predicts which students show-up for school and how well they do. Hopeful students completed more courses and had a better report card than less hopeful students. Hope is even a predictor of graduation.
If we commit to making hope a priority every day, then especially in difficult times it is easier to cope, because we have that foundation. Life is hard, and now, more than ever before, we need to understand that cultivating and having hope is not just another tool in our toolbox, it’s an essential tool.
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