The Power of HopeNot wanting to get your hopes up....
December 17, 2017
FANTASTIC post on the power of hope by Gratitude Habitat!
I had a good friend recently project what they COULD be like (illness-wise) a year from now and I found it quite sad as it was a very negative outlook.
They said that they were trying to be “realistic” but there really is nothing scientific saying that this could be fact – it was clearly a defense mechanism and their way of protecting themselves from possible disappointment later. I get it…none of us like to be unprotected and exposed. We want to be prepared for the worst.
But is it REALLY a defense mechanism if we spend the next year with that kind of mindset instead of holding out hope and setting a positive intention? What if they are doing themselves more harm than good by thinking like this? There is so much scientific evidence on the power of positive thinking and positive intention.
Some may call it a Pollyanna principle…I call it protecting today’s serenity and joy. Why torture ourselves needlessly?
Lauren has lived with lupus & fibromyalgia for 18 years & is the founder of the FB group, "Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain (AoG.)" Also a recovering alcoholic, Lauren discovered the power of GRATITUDE during her recovery for that as well as in dealing with her chronic illness. In 2016 she embarked on her "Gratitude Project" by writing an essay on one new thing that she was grateful for every day on Facebook for the entire year. It was that project that sparked the website gratitudeaddict.com and she's currently writing a book called "Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain" based on how living with the intention of gratitude has changed her life with chronic pain as well as the lives of the thousands of members of AoG. Lauren also sits on the Board of Trustees and is Social Media Coordinator for Chronic Pain Anonymous. #GetYourGratitudeOn