Hope is that thing that keeps us going through difficult times. Hope is not to confused with expectations, however. Expectations are temporary. They easily lose their luster. While hope is permanent and makes us strong. Hope matters a lot. The frog, and human, who has hope has both the will and the determination that goals will be achieved; hope involves the will to get there, and different ways to get there. Hope isn't just a feel-good emotion but a dynamic cognitive motivational system. Hope leads to learning goals, which is conducive to growth and improvement. Science has shown that hope is related to positive outcomes. There are many vehicles on the road to success. But hope has been shown, time and time again, to be far out front of any of those other vehicles, like optimism and self-efficacy.
Both humans, and amphibians alike, hope for health, happiness, and love. Hope is powerful.
Emily Dickinson said this about hope,
"Hope is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -"
Today is National Find A Rainbow Day and I like to think it is also a day for finding hope; hope for our future, hope for ourselves, and hope for each other.
How to celebrate this day? Go find yourself a rainbow. If you can't find one, then make one using a garden hose or a prism. All that's needed is beautiful sunshine and, voila! You've got uurself a rainbow! See if you don't feel joy, gratitude, and hope when you look at it. And don't forget to use #NationalFindARainbowDay on all your social media.