Week 13: Hope and Optimism


Hopelessness is a dark view of the future, in which there is no escape from unhappiness and suffering.
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They only thing we have to fear is fear itself. [Franklin Delano Roosevelt, first inaugural address] Roosevelt relished being president. His buoyant energy and unshakable optimism transmitted itself to everyone he met. [Jean Edward Smith, FDR (Random House, 2007), p. xiii.] Optimism is a positive attitude about what may happen in the
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Humans have an innate capacity to keep their hopes and dreams alive. We can bounce back from great adversity, and continue to bounce back long after we felt or thought we had reached our limit. That capacity is called resilience.
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Eyes On the Prize

People may have goals but if they are scattered in their intention, those goals will be harder to realize. Keeping one’s eye on the prize refers to focusing on one’s dreams, or goals.
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We need hope and optimism, sometimes, when external forces have control over the outcomes that will affect our lives. So these values do not have an action component. At their best, they prepare us to act but hope and optimism alone do not express action. The closest thing we have
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Dreams and Goals

A dream, or goal, is a word we use for an idea that is associated with hope and optimism. Hope looks toward an object, which may be specific or general but it is not void. The content of the idea is important, because when we act to fulfill our hopes
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Some people give the impression that nothing can defeat them. Cheerfulness is the emotion that underlies hope and optimism.
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Hope is a conviction: a belief coupled with a feeling that great things are possible. It should not be dogmatic or unreasoning, though it may seem unreasonable. That is because we assess what is possible, and sometimes our assessment is wrong. We overlook most of the possibilities in our lives.
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