By Antonietta Marinelli | Dec 18, 2020
This month at Mentor Education we are focusing on hope as we are involved in the 2020 Hope Barometer. The 2020 Hope Barometer is an international research initiative involving over 15 countries worldwide. The Barometer itself is formed by a scientifically broad-based study of the hopes, desires, and future expectations of our population, designed to investigate the fundamental aspects, conditions, and interrelations of a positive attitude towards the future. For more information surrounding the Hope Barometer Visit https://www.mentor.edu.au/hopebarometer/
Hope. A feeling of expectation and desire for something to happen. Us, as humans, are in an optimistic mindset where all positive energy is put out into the universe with the hope for a positive outcome surrounding events and circumstances. When we think of hope, we are faced towards positive psychology. Positive psychology began as a domain of psychology in 1998 (Time Magazine, 2005) and has been framed as the study of the “good life”. (Seligman & Csikszenmihalyi, Positive Psychology: An introduction 2000).
When we throw negative emotions, or unfortunate events in which we see or hear about, it is our hope that takes the hit. Hope is a necessity, an emotional engine that is the basis for engaging with life. Hope is directly related to our sense of possibility, the sense of ‘what if?’. The greater our perception of possibilities, the greater our hope (Hill, 2019).
Being more hopeful allows us to recognise and reflect on what is important around us. Taking care of your family and friends matters, taking care of your health matters, taking care of YOU matters.
Sometimes even going outside to get some fresh air and moving your legs for 5-10 minutes can be a great benefit to your mental state. The mind is a powerful thing. Psychologists have found that being in nature has been shown to boost well-being and reduce stress. Researchers at Stanford University believe nature reduces rumination. Going outside can clear the mind and allow you to think more clearly and positively (Economy, 2017).
Write a journal
Writing down things that you believe hold importance in your life. This could be your family, friends, relationships, finances or even work. Writing out your emotions, your inner thoughts or even your favorite movie quotes, allowing yourself to put your mind onto paper is therapeutic and creates a sense of wholesomeness.
Changing the direction of your perspective
2020 has been a bit of a whirlwind of a year, and it may feel impossible to have a positive outlook on what's ahead. But it is possible to train your brain to practice optimism and hopefulness. Cognitive neuroscientist Tali Sharot states that the way we expect the world to be changes the way we see it. And how we perceive the world changes objective reality and acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy. This means, once we notice life’s simple pleasures, we are able to find more things that we are grateful for that may enter our lives.
In taking part last year in the Hope Barometer for 2019, we got some truly amazing data and results on not what people are hopeful about, their perception and views of the future, but what things influenced their levels of hope including the importance of family, job security, and even politics. Furthermore, you can contribute to this year’s research via the following link to: Efs-Survey.com
● Economy, P., INC. (2017) 3 Powerful Ways to Feel More Hopeful in 15 Minutes or Less [Accessed December 9, 2020].
● Hill, M., Life Hack. (2019) How to Create a More Hopeful Life. [Accessed on December 10, 2020].
● Seligman, M. E., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). Positive psychology: An introduction. American Psychologist. 55 (1), 5-14. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.55.1.5