The holidays can be a hard time for many.
Some of us feel overwhelmed by the stress of travel, family gatherings, compounded by all the last 2 years have brought.
Some of us feel devastated by a loss of a loved one, unfulfilled desires and fear that the next year will bring more heartbreak.
A beautiful thing I love about the holidays is that they represent hope.
As one of my favorite Christmas Carols, “O Holy Night” encapsulates in their lyrics:
“A Thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.”
Hope can be a beautiful thing.
It can be the light that keeps us going in dark times.
It can be an anchor in a storm.
It can also feel futile at times that things can be better than what we’ve experienced them to be.
In my work as a therapist, dating coach & business coach, I’ve found that hope is necessary as we work and wait for our desires.
Whatever you can do to cultivate hope, is necessary to your survival, your well-being, even your physical health.
Research tells us, that hope has been proven to decrease anxiety & depression (Kirby 2019) and can be taught as a resilience tool to prevent suicide, which has been at an all-time high during the pandemic (PLOS, 2020).
So, how do we cultivate hope in our lives?
Here are 3, research-backed steps that you can include TODAY to increase hope:
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