Hope Profiling


Hope is one of the main components of a good life, which is why there are so many books published about it and many politicians use it to communicate their message. Lack of hope is associated with depression, anxiety, and many other mental health issues.

Here is one activity designed by the main researcher in this area about ways in which we can create hope.

Write five short stories about your past or current pursuit of goals. As you are writing about it, please consider the following:

  • how did you create your goals?
  • what obstacles did you experience?
  • what motivated you to keep going?

Once you’ve written your stories, reflect on your feelings and thoughts associated with your goal-pursuit.


Lopez, S.J., Snyder, C.R., Magyar-Moe, J.L., Edwards, L.:. , Pedrotti, J.T., Janowski, K., Turner, J.L., Pressgrove, C. (2004). Strategies for accentuating hope. In P.A. Linley & S. Joseph (Eds.) Positive Psychology in practice (pp388-404). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Have you tried this activity? If so, please share your experience.