Life is full of uncertainty, danger, and moments of indecision. However, even when times get dark and intimidating, as long as we keep hope alive, we can achieve anything.

There are countless stories of people overcoming what seem to be impossible odds.

This is because hope is more than idle wanting and wishing that things will get better. Hope is the actual belief and faith where we know things will get better and we will persevere.

When we know things will get better, we are willing to do whatever it takes. With hope we can look to the future with confidence and excitement, and we can begin to do more than we ever imagined.

How can hope improve your life?

Hope makes us feel lighter and stronger. No matter what adversity we encounter, hope gives us strength and keeps us persistent and determined to move forward in life. Hope reassures us things will get better in time, and helps us come alive during moments of recovery.

Hope helps us look forward to the future. Anticipating our future with positive expectations gives us motivation and enthusiasm to take action. When we are excited about the future it leads to resolve and tenacity, and keeps us strong willed and steadfast in achieving our goals. Not only does hope propel us into our future, but it can even help us let go of the past.

Hope helps us see improvements and focus on the positive. There will always be difficulties and hope helps us to focus on the positive and recognize the blessings that we have. Focusing on the positive allows us to be more optimistic and expect good things to happen. This can lead to transformations in many areas of our life such as relationships, work, and self-esteem.

Hope gives us the desire to learn and grow. Hope helps us regain interest and get involved more fully in life. By growing as a person we will make improvements that lead to greater life-satisfaction and well-being. When approaching our goals, an appreciation for learning provides us patience and the knowledge that it may take small steps to reach our aspirations.

When it comes down to it, hope helps us feel better about ourselves, and take an empowered view toward life. Begin to instill a greater sense of hope in your life if you want more joy, courage, and success.

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    Last reviewed: 7 Jun 2011

APA Reference
Wilner, J. (2011). Why Keeping Hope Alive Will Advance Your Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 29, 2015, from



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