HOPE

Hope is an intentional step we all choose to take that leads us to happiness and growth in life.

Resilience addresses our ‘stress response; which we can control.

Studies show watching the news in the morning negatively affects the rest of our day. We are responding to the environment around us. Consuming Negative News Can Make You Less Effective at Work by Shawn Achor and Michelle Guillen,” Individuals who watched just three minutes of negative news in the morning had a whopping 27% greater likelihood of reporting their day as unhappy six to eight hours later compared to the positive condition.” Harvard Business Review 9/14/15

Our brain responds to hope, changing in response to what we do. This is neuroplasticity.

How do we foster hope?

The Sarah Model of Change introduces stages of change we walk through, emphasizing the normalcy of emotions as humankind. What is to note is the power of hope to bring healing as a daily choice. There are 5 stages we undergo, and this can cycle through time. Here are the stages we undergo:

  • Anger
  • Resistance
  • Acceptance, and
  • Healing/Hope

Our brain thrives on hope! This is an exercise recommended by psychologists to bring the brain to a positive state:

1. Create an actionable step (when check email)

Hope has power for our brain.

“When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive. This discovery has been repeatedly supported by research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the world.” Shawn Achor ” The Happiness Advantage

What happens to the brain with such exercises?

Neurogenesis (the growth of new neurons) and synaptogenesis (new connections between between neurons). You can enhance the growth of those two things through meditation, reflective self-inquiry, mindfulness and asking meaningful questions and visualization.

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