If Hope is your top strength you expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.

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Virtue Category

Hope falls under the virtue category of Transcendence. Transcendence describes strengths that provide a broad sense of connection to something higher in meaning and purpose than ourselves. 

Key Concepts

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. 

Build Hope with "Your Best Possible Self" Exercise

Hope In Action

Hope Motto

Be positive, especially when others are not.

Exercises for Boosting Hope

  • 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. 
  • Write about a good event and why it will last and spread. How is this event linked to your actions? 

Examples of Hope


  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio
  • Cast Away
  • The Sound of Music
  • Eternity and a Day
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  • Don't Stop Believing
  • Here Comes the Sun - George Harrison
  • I'm a Believer - Monkees
  • Reason to Believe - Tim Hardin
  • A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
  • Look For the Silver Lining = Chet Baker

Where Does Hope Fall In Your Strengths Profile?

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