The Value of HOPE

The Value for the month of January is HOPE.

It would be fantastic if you would take the time to talk to your child about this value.

Why is HOPE important?

1. SELF ESTEEM - People with higher levels of hope remember more positive comments and events about themselves, whereas people with lower levels remember more negative comments and events. People with higher levels of hope feel challenged by goals, whereas people with lower levels feel demoralised by goals. People with higher levels of hope have higher feelings of self-worth.

The value of HOPE can help your child to feel good about themselves and face challenges positively

2. HEALTH - Higher levels of hope are correlated with better coping skills and higher levels of pain tolerance. For patients with severe medical problems, those with higher levels of hope showed better coping skills, less depression, better recovery rates and higher quality relationships with caregivers.

The value of HOPE can help your child to cope with health issues better and enjoy a quicker recovery.

3. ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: Hope is linked to higher standardized achievement test scores.

The value of HOPE can help your child to achieve better in their learning.

4. ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE: According to Curry (as cited in Snyder, 2000), higher hope and increased athletic performance are linked.

What is HOPE? Hope has three necessary ingredients:

A CLEAR GOAL/S - either short-term or long-term. Goals need to be of sufficient value and attainable yet challenging - goals that are 100% likely to be achieved do not give people hope.

A PLAN for how to reach it. Children need to see that their actions/effort make a difference to the outcome . Different paths to reach the goal should be generated when obstacles are faced. Those with the highest levels of hope tend to generate multiple pathways to goal achievement.

A POSITIVE ATTITUDE: Positive emotions equal perceived success in achieving goals. Negative emotions equal perceived failure in achieving goals.