Humans seek after hope like moths seek after light. It’s intrinsic to who we are. Neuroscientists argues hope is so essential to our survival that it is hardwired into our brains, arguing it can be the difference between living a healthier life versus one trapped by despair.

Studies show hopeful college kids get higher GPA’s and are more likely to graduate. Hopeful athletes perform better on the field, cope better with injuries, and have greater mental adjustment when situations change. In one study of the elderly, those who said they felt hopeless were more than twice as likely to die during the study follow-up period than those who were more hopeful. It’s pretty clear: hope is powerfully catalytic, Hope isn’t just an emotion but an essential life tool.

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