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Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Othersby Shane J Lopez
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How do some people make good things happen and bounce back from setbacks? Why do they lead happier, healthier, more productive lives? Itand#8217;s because they have hopeand#8212;not because of luck, or intelligence, or money. So, what exactly is hope and how can you get it, too? andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Using discoveries from the largest study of hopeful people ever conducted, world-renowned expert on the psychology of hope Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., reveals that hope is not just an emotion but an essential life tool. Hope is also a leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business. With andlt;Iandgt;Making Hope Happen andlt;/Iandgt;you can measure your level of hope and learn how to create and share it. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In this newest evolution of positive psychology, Dr. Lopez provides strategies for building a high-hope mind-set and shares uplifting stories of real peopleand#8212;parents, educators, entrepreneurs, young and old people with health challenges, and civic leadersand#8212; who create hope and who change their own lives as well as their schools, workplaces, and communities. They include: andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; The CEO who befriended a curious nine-year-old, bringing him into the company and transforming his attitude toward school and future goals. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; A young entrepreneur who worked to change laws that stood in his way, recruited friends to support his start-up, and rebuilt from scratch after a fire. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; The college president whose creative fundraising during the worst of the economic downturn kept her neediest seniors in school through graduation. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; The city council members who developed a visionary recovery plan only days after their community was flattened by a tornado. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Two mothers and a principal who reversed decades of neglect and mismanagement to turn a failing school into a neighborhood magnet. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; A college student who is thriving after two heart transplants, and whose hopeful self-care has been key to her survival. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Making Hope Happen andlt;/Iandgt;is for people who believe that the future can be better than the past or the present and who are looking for a way to make it so. The message is clear: Hope matters. Hope is a choice. Hope can be learned. Hope is contagious.
"Gallup senior scientist Lopez (The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology) examines the power of hope in his latest self-help tome, arguing that 'how we think about the future... determines how well we live our lives.' Few would disagree with his assertion that 'hope matters,' but Lopez's insistence on the active pursuit of hope is novel. He contends that it's a choice, it 'can be learned,' and perhaps most importantly, it 'can be shared with others.' Dividing his treatise into manageable sections, Lopez uses real-world examples to show how individuals go 'from thriving to suffering and back to thriving.' Despite two heart transplants, a teenager manages to look hopefully ahead to her future. A coalition of inner-city mothers defies the odds and transforms a broken-down school. In addition to these anecdotes, the author also offers practical ways to get readers thinking about their own journeys, including quizzes to assess one's level of hopefulness, mindfulness exercises (e.g., guided meditation), and techniques to neutralize negative messages. Thoughtful and pragmatic, Lopez's work will inspire readers to take control of their future, choose hope, and choose life. Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
With its cutting-edge research and inspiring true stories of people who create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities, Making Hope Happen is the first practical guide to the anatomy of hope—how to create, use, and share it.
Hope is the leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business—as well as of a healthier, happier life. Now, in his first popular book, Shane Lopez reveals the results of his revolutionary research on the psychology of hope together with new findings from around the world. Making Hope Happen is the first scientifically based blueprint for mobilizing the energy and power of hope in every area of an individual’s life. It details proven strategies and techniques for building a high-hope mindset that is also effective for meeting short- and long-term goals. Readers will take a hope quiz, learn to find where their best hope lies, and define what matters most to them in order to drive hope today and into the future.
The newest evolution of positive psychology, Making Hope Happen also tells the inspiring stories of real people—parents, educators, entrepreneurs, young and old people with health challenges, and civic leaders—who create hope and who transformed their own lives as well as their schools, workplaces, and communities. The message is clear: Hope matters. Hope is a choice. Hope can be learned and spread to others. How well we hope determines how well we live.
About the Author
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., a Gallup Senior Scientist, is the worldand#8217;s leading authority on the psychology of hope. He has published numerous professional books on what is right with people, including andlt;iandgt;Theandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Encyclopedia of Positive Psychologyandlt;/iandgt;. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife and son.
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