Posted by: brandextenders | May 14, 2014

Just Wishing and Hoping

Question: What is that elusive elixir known as hope and how do we tap into it during the darkest days of our lives? During those times when it seems we can do nothing right?
Answer: I have absolutely no idea and if I did, I’d be a billionaire lounging on a tropical beach rather than writing this blog post.

Dusty Springfield in 1964. "Just Wishing & Hoping."

Dusty Springfield in 1964. “Just Wishing & Hoping.”

Hope can be elusive and is typically not something hard-wired into our brains. I’ve never been able to pull hope out of thin air and go from sad to happy and upbeat. But I’ve found there are things I can do to help me change my perspective, which is really what hope is. Exchanging a perspective that may be dire or (dare I say it?) hopeless for one of belief, desire and/or trust.

Movies: I love movies and by losing myself in the story I let go of my own worries and fears. And hope can be found in many movies, like this clip from the classic, ” It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Books: These are a great source of hope be they fiction, biographies, non-fiction or whatever. For some, self-help books can offer hope through increased confidence.

Music: This can so easily change my mood and there are numerous studies to prove it. Choose upbeat music, a favorite artist or perhaps even classical. Research at the University of Missouri showed people can improve their moods and be happier by simply listening to cheery music.

Meditation: Taking even a short amount of time each day to meditate or reflect can be beneficial. An attitude of gratitude will aid in keeping a hopeful attitude

Hope is the foundation of all success and without it, failure is surely inevitable. As Thomas Edison, who attempted creating a light bulb over 10,000 times before he was successful once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

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