Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

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Mental Hope

The experience of hope has several aspects. First is the mental component. Hopeful individuals are more optimistic in their thinking. When confronted with a happy or a difficult situation, they look for the “pros and cons”. They tend to evaluate the situation in light of their personal or professional goals rather than “jumping to negative conclusions”. They try to keep the issue in perspective and look for the “best” in every situation. In other words, they actively seek to view the problem through a positive lens and shape it into a solution. It is a well known belief that in order to maintain good mental health, a person always needs to have something to look forward to so they can concentrate on this situation or event when life becomes difficult.

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