COVID-19 Resources: Learn how to apply character strengths to boost resilience and support others.
“I am realistic and also full of optimism about the future, believing in my actions and feeling confident things will turn out well.”
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Hope?
The character strength of hope has to do with positive expectations about the future. It involves optimistic thinking and focusing on good things to come. Hope is more than a feel-good emotion. It is an action-oriented strength involving agency, the motivation and confidence that goals can be reached, and also that many effective pathways can be devised in order to get to that desired future. Optimism is closely linked with having a particular explanatory style (how we explain the causes of bad events). People using an optimistic explanatory style interpret events as external, unstable and specific. Those using a pessimistic explanatory style interpret events as internal, stable and global.
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used hope in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of hope in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here's an idea.
- Write an internal movie that features one of your goals. Picture yourself overcoming the obstacles, developing pathways around and through problems, to reach your goal.