Hope As A Top Strength:

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.

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?

Write about a bad event and how it will pass quickly. Detail how the effect of the event will be limited and who you are not completely to blame.