Adversity is something millions, and millions of people face each day. Whether it’s living in the ghettos, being in an abusive relationship, or losing a loved one, tribulations don’t discriminate. One key to facing hardship is hope. Hope in change. Hope in happiness. Hope in the betterment of life for yourself and those around you. Hope is what keeps you alive when nothing or no one else will.

The goal with hope is to use it to keep your head held high and your thoughts towards a brighter future. Circumstances may seem as though they may never change, but if you can keep hope alive in your heart; anything is possible. It’s not a tangible form of medicine, but it surely is medicine for the soul.

As an intelligence researcher and author of “The Anatomy of Hope,” Jerome Groopman states, “Belief and expectation — the key elements of hope — can block pain by releasing the brain’s endorphins and enkephalins, mimicking the effects of morphine. In some cases, hope can also have important effects on fundamental physiological processes like respiration, circulation and motor function.”

In turn, this can create a placebo effect for healing in the physical realm. It can help heal the sick, the anxious, the stressed, the worried, the depressed, and the hurt. Not only is it a healing power, but it is also a force of happiness. In a Gallop poll taken with 1 million people, researchers found that the hopeful laughed and smiled much more often than the hopeless.

In times of affliction, the power of hope will help you whether the storm.

So in times of need, ask yourself these questions: How will I survive this? How do I change this situation? How do I get help? Then, answer them with one word, HOPE.

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