Hopeful Mindsets™ is based on the work of leading experts on Hope, Mindset, Mental Health, Stress, Positive Psychology, Business, Communications, and more. Using the Five Keys to SHINE Hope™ as a foundation, Hopeful Mindsets takes them a step further, suggesting that using these Five Keys and applying it to any situation can take you from hopelessness, to hope.
You can learn more about the Five Keys to SHINE Hope and download free Five Keys to SHINE Hope posters at https://hopefulcities.org/know-the-five-keys/
Hope is an innovative way to address mental health, as it is preventative in nature. Your Hope Score (we use Snyder’s Children and Adult Hope Scale) predicts your future likelihood of anxiety and depression. So just because you have experienced anxiety and depression doesn’t mean it is your destiny, as you can proactively practice and manage your hope. So while we don’t treat depression or anxiety, we do teach the “how-to” of hope.
Our work started based on Lin Abramson’s definition of hopelessness that hopelessness is both emotional (despair) and motivational (helplessness). That is why, when we teach hope, we emphasize how to get out of despair to positive feelings, and from helplessness to inspired action.
It is based on our work with Hopeful Minds, which our Founder Kathryn Goetzke created as she has studied hope globally for many years, and been active in the mental health community.
Professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma
There is no better way to learn about hope than to start teaching it. The Hopeful Mindsets courses were created based on the Hopeful Minds curriculums and resources. Hopeful Minds is an iFred project aimed at equipping teachers, parents, students, and people everywhere with the tools they need to create, maintain, and grow hope.
To start exploring the Hopeful Minds curriculums today, visit www.hopefulminds.org/curriculum.
The Hopeful Minds curriculums have been designed to be easily taught by anyone. Each lesson contains background information for educators, as well as detailed lessons, worksheets, and activities. Hope lessons are taught in simple language with real-life examples and interactive prompts.
Hope is not something that has typically been “taught.” As a result, for many teens and adults, it is necessary to change pre-existing habits, such as worrying, internalizing failure, ruminating, reacting when in the downstairs brain, and trying to control the uncontrollables.
This is also why it is so essential that we teach hope to kids. By teaching hope skills at an early age, we are equipping our children with the critical skills they need to be successful throughout their lives.
So if you want to really understand hope at a deep level, get out in your community and start teaching about hope. It has changed the lives of so many around the world, and we hope it changes yours.
Hopeful Cities™, an iFred.org project, was created based on research that suggests that hope is a teachable skill. It launched the first-ever Hopeful City of Reno, Nevada. It was created as a marketing plan in action that operationalizes hope as it creates awareness about the importance of it.
Hopeful Cities is a website full of resources any city can implement, and aims to equip the “how-to” of hope wherever it is needed: in the workplace, community, schools, and at home.
You can’t wish for a Hopeful City. Hope takes action. Hopeful Cities provides a playbook of ways to activate hope in your community. Every resource offered through Hopeful Cities can be downloaded for free or purchased for professional copies. It is up to you – the whole idea is to get hope for all that need it, and all start working together and practicing these skills.