5 Things You Can Do to Feel More Hopeful in Life
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people lost many things like jobs, family members, friends, and hope. BEing able to feel more hopeful n difficult times and situations can be challenging. While some people seem to handle anything life throws at them, others fold and give up all hope that things will get better. The key to finding hope is knowing where to look for it.
There are ways to feel more hopeful in life even when the chips are down and life isn’t looking so great. Finding hope when your life isn’t going the way you want is hard, but it’s not impossible, and you’ll find that despite your circumstances, you will be a happier person. Try these five things to feel more hopeful about life.
Look to the Past for Hope
Wars, pandemics, crime, natural disasters, and every other horrible thing has happened before. Nothing is brand new, and people have overcome some terrible things in life and survived. One way to feel more hopeful is to look at your past difficult situations and remember how you triumphed in those difficult times. It can also be helpful to study the pasts of your ancestors or family members to see what they have done to overcome their trials and hardships in life.
Stop the Bad News
Daily news broadcasts are filled with bad news. When you listen to enough bad news daily, it will lower your spirit and cause you to feel like things will never change or get better. Stop watching the news and other media filled with bad news and instead watch TV shows that are uplifting and demonstrate the human spirit of perseverance and survival. Try to find sources of good news every day that can give you a lift and give you back some faith in humanity.
Develop a Spirit of Gratitude
Take a minute to sit down and find some reasons for you to be grateful. While it may not seem like it now, you have a lot of reasons to be thankful. Think about people less fortunate than you, like those without food, cars, employment, family members, or people in prison who have no freedom. Things can always be worse, so be grateful for what you have, and your hope will soar. Having a spirit of gratitude will help you to see the ways your life is blessed and even how you can better serve those around you.
Develop Spiritual Relationships
The Bible says in Ecclesiastes that “it’s better to be a live dog than a dead lion. While a lion is powerful, it has no chance of anything if it’s dead. People who have a solid spiritual foundation are among the happiest people in the world in good times and bad. Joining a church is an excellent way to cultivate spirituality and develop friendships with others who can help to rejuvenate your hope in life.
Meditate on a Positive and Happy Future
Meditation is thinking about or pondering something over and over again. You can meditate on bad situations, which is nothing more than worrying. Worrying causes more stress and can lead to sadness and depression. Try meditating on a positive and happy future and how things will get better. Believe it or not, the more you focus on solutions and positive outcomes, the more solutions will come to your mind and positive results into your life.
Hard times will come and go, ut staying hopeful and remembering that you and others have overcome hard times in the past will help to give you more hope for a brighter future. If you put effort and work into finding hope and surround yourself with hopeful people, you’ll find that your outlook on life will be much better and hopeful.
About the Author
Anica Oaks is a freelance writer who hails from San Francisco. When she’s not writing, she’s enjoying her time outside with her dogs. Anica recommends finding a church you love to find hope. Keep up with her on Twitter @anicaoaks.