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7 Decisions of High Hope People

  • High Hope People: Change

    Research from the book Learned Hopefulness: The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression, has shown that people with high hope were found to make different, deliberate choices than their low-hope counterparts. They learn not to view negativity and uncertainty as obstacles. Instead, they make these 7 decisions.

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  • Change negative to positive

    1. Rather than see things as fixed and unchangeable people with high hope see possibilities. They focus on what opportunities or challenges can come from a difficult circumstance.

  • 2. High hope people intentionally focus on beauty, benefits, and blessings instead of concentrating on the negative.

  • 3. People who score higher on measures of hope cultivate positive emotions such as gratitude and kindness. They make a point to not fall prey to habits of negative thinking.

  • 4. People low in hope tend to give more attention to weaknesses. High hope individuals concentrate their effort on using their strengths and spotting the strengths of others.

  • Jump to your goal

    5. Creating challenging goals is the trademark of high hope people. Goal setting and recalibration of goals is how they keep from feeling disengaged and unchallenged.

  • Sense of purpose, colorful head

    6. The drive for people with high hope comes from an understanding of meaning in their life. They are motivated by a sense of purpose and a reason for living.

  • Nurture your connections



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7 Decisions of High Hope People

Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D.

Honored by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression Dr. Dan Tomasulo, Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP is a core faculty member at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a Ph.D. in psychology, MFA in writing, and Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

He authors the daily column, Ask the Therapist, for, and developed the Dare to be Happy experiential workshops for Kripalu.   His award-winning memoir, American Snake Pit was released in 2018, and his next book, Learned Hopefulness, The Power of Positivity To Overcome Depressionis hailed as: “…the perfect recipe for fulfillment, joy, peace, and expansion of awareness.”  by Deepak Chopra, MD: Author of Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential.

Learn more about Dr. Dan at his website.

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Tomasulo, D. (2020). 7 Decisions of High Hope People. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2020, from
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Last updated: 23 Jun 2020 (Originally: 26 Jun 2020)
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