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About This Resource

What It Does

This article explains:

The importance of feeling hope
Practical tips to foster hope every day

How It Helps

This resource can help you:

Feel more positively about the future
Let go of the past
Feel inspired

This article explains:

The importance of feeling hope
Practical tips to foster hope every day

This resource can help you:

Feel more positively about the future
Let go of the past
Feel inspired
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Fostering hope and building resilience are key to your mental and emotional health. Here are a few things you can do to build more hope into your daily life.

Have you ever heard the phrase “the glass is always half full”? It’s a popular expression some people use to convey hopefulness and optimism. “Seeing the glass half full” isn’t always easy. However, feeling positive about the future can be good for your mental and physical health. Here are some things you can do to foster hope in your daily life:

  • Think positive. Looking for the good in a situation can help you feel better about things.

  • Look at the big picture. Taking a step back from the small stuff to look at the big picture can help you see things in a new way. Putting things in perspective can help you shift your outlook on life.

  • Focus on the future. Thinking about how things may change can remind you that things won’t be this way forever. Imagining how you'd like things to change can help too. Try to think of things you can do to shape your own future (e.g. set goals, identify priorities, etc.).

  • Be inspired. It may be helpful to listen to your favourite music, read an uplifting story, or watch an inspirational movie. Learning about other people’s stories can show you that there can be positives in even the most difficult situations.

  • Celebrate your success. Try to acknowledge your achievements and the challenges you've made it through. Try not to dwell on negative self-talk and remember that it’s OK when things don’t work out as planned. (This can help you build resilience to face whatever the future holds for you.)

  • Be patient. Everyone has good days and bad days. Try to remember that things can and will get better. It may just take a little time for things to get sorted out.

  • Get involved. Lending a hand (e.g. volunteering your time) can help you spread the message of hope so others, including yourself, can nurture it.

  • Talk about it. Reaching out to a parent/caregiver, friend, or another important person in your life may help you find sources of hope. If you’re struggling to find hope in your daily life, you can always call a Kids Help Phone counsellor at 1-800-668-6868.

Fostering hope is essential for your mental and emotional well-being. Remember that hope is all around, and you can get through whatever’s going on in your life. Try to think positive, look at the big picture, and get help when you need it.