A four-step plan to help you make hopeful decisions

… Researchers like Charles Richard Snyder studied how hope can have a positive impact on our overall health and happiness. Mr. Snyder suggested that hope can evolve when we have a plan in mind, are committed, and execute the plan to achieve a goal. He and his colleagues defined hope as “a positive motivational state that is based on an interactively derived sense of successful (a) agency (goal-directed energy) and (b) pathways (planning to meet goals).” This suggests that hope doesn’t need to be passive; it’s better to be active in creating hope. The purpose of this micro skill is to introduce the acronym HOPE (healthy, optimistic, positive, experience). This acronym can support our daily decision-making that promotes well-being… 

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.