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Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others Hardcover – March 5, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451666225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451666229
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Hope is the most undervalued state of mind in the world. This book demystifies hope and makes it a much-needed secret weapon for all leaders at all levels.” (Jim Clifton, CEO, Gallup)

“Shane Lopez, the world’s preeminent expert on hope, shares his expertise and wisdom on what hope is, how to create more of it in your life, and how to teach it to others, with the aim of meeting your goals, leading a happier, more flourishing life, and making the world a better place.” (Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness)

"Making Hope Happen instantly draws you in. With intriguing stories and important insights on every page, this book not only illustrates the power of hope, but the simple steps we can all take to get more of it in our lives." (Sian Beilock, author of Choke: What The Secrets Of The Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To)

"Finally, a book that shines a light on one of the most powerful, and most misunderstood, emotional forces in our lives. Making Hope Happen is a smart and incisive look at the scientific and practical aspects of building visions of the future we can believe in and work toward." (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind)

"A clear and powerful introduction to the scientific study of hope by the leading researcher on this vital topic, Making Hope Happen is full of useful strategies for getting our future under control. A pleasure to read, and a treasure to save for those bleak days when defeat stares us in the face." (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience)

“The world’s leading expert on the psychology of hope shows us people who have succeeded because they had hope and how we can create it in our own lives to help ourselves and our world.” (Ed Diener, author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth)

“There's no pill or supplement that can reverse aging. In fact, most of what explains longevity is not for sale--purpose, faith, and the hope. This book--from one of the nation's most renowned well-being researchers--explores the power of hope and shows us where to find it." (Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow & author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest)

“Thoughtful and pragmatic, Lopez’s work will inspire readers to take control of their future, choose hope, and choose life.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., a Gallup Senior Scientist, is the world’s leading authority on the psychology of hope. He has published numerous professional books on what is right with people, including The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife and son.

Customer Reviews

Once you have hope, Dr. Lopez encourages sharing, by leading, teaching and building a network fellow hope-thinkers.
Christine Sheehan
Making Hope Happen brings inspiring stories of hope to life and shares actionable strategies of how to create hope in your own life and share with others.
Melissa Hinrichs
It is clear, interesting, easy to read and enjoy and chock full of useful advice based on the latest science of happiness and hope.
Dr. Michael B. Frisch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Todd B. Kashdan VINE VOICE on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Hope often gets shafted as being synonymous with thinking positively. Shane Lopez transforms the notion of hope by breaking it down into three parts.
1. developing clear, concrete goals for a better future
2. agency thinking or the momentum and capability to be in control (at least somewhat) when pursuing these goals
2. pathways thinking or the ability to develop alternative solutions when obstacles or setbacks arise when pursuing these goals

The beauty of this book is that the ideas have been fine-tuned via decades of research conducted by Shane, Shane's mentor Rick Snyder, and colleagues around the world. But instead of listing a litany of research studies, Shane walks the reader through inspiring stories, clear and concise explanations of why hope is different from happiness and other psychological strengths, and innovative strategies to enhance hope. Expect to be convinced of the importance of cultivating hope in schools, households, and the workplace.

A simple set of ideas with profound impact.

Don't miss the companion website (which I learned about from his book signing this evening):[...]

cheers,
Todd
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ReadingEm on April 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Having been able to hear Shane Lopez speak about the subject of Hope and then to read his new book I was impressed by the simplicity of the message and how universally one is able to witness how hopefulness is one of the biggest indicators for success. Since reading the book I have applied many of the ideas within my business and my family and continue to draw useful meaning that can provide both motivation and clarity when dealing with all aspects of life. We are going to be discussing the book at our office book club and I have already shared several copies with colleagues and friends. I strongly recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom on March 8, 2013
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I just got done reading Making Hope Happen and I honestly loved it. Not only did I find it authentically written, but it was the perfect medicine for my soul.

I began reading the book after I had just finished a series of medical appointments. No matter how hard our doctors try, and no matter how wonderful they are, they aren't always the best at creating Hope. This particular appointment left me defeated in my ability to manage certain aspects of my health. Those moments are when you truly understand (and feel) the word "hopeless." But hours later, I was reading Making Hope Happen and I was reminded that Hope is an option and Hope is a strategy. With each word and in every chapter, I felt a new sense of renewal. I've since created clear actionable goals in areas of my life. No longer am I letting this one part of my health get in the way of the person I seek to be and how I seek to impact.

I highly recommend this book! It is well written, full of powerful stories/research and the reader is left soaking up every hopeful word. Dr. Shane Lopez writes as an authentic motivator and is one author I hope to hear from again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William N. Confer PhD on July 18, 2014
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Shane Lopez, PhD, the self-professed "world's leading authority on the psychology of hope," provides a readable book aimed at the lay public. He expands the dictionary definition of hope from "to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true" (in Miriam Webster) to include future thinking and self-activation. I think more generally in the psychology literature these additional features are referred to as "grit" or related constructs such as resilience, perseverance, self-efficacy, and the like. According to him, me saying something like "I hope the US soccer team wins" (or “I hoped this book would have been more precise”) would not qualify as hope because I have neither the agency nor pathways to bring forth these results. He defines such statements as reflecting optimism, wishful thinking, or positive thinking instead of hope.

According to Lopez, hope involves four components: the belief that the future will be better than the present, belief in our ability to make it so, identifying many paths to the goal, and expecting none of the paths to be free of obstacles. I'd say these four core beliefs encompass a lot more territory than hope can usually muster as a construct, although I think they are spot on for improving control and future satisfaction. As a fellow psychologist, that's my quibble. I think I would have to explain what I meant by hope with those I work with because his definition extends the commonly held dictionary understanding of hope as a form of passive expectation. In fact, his over-inclusiveness of hope seems to encroach on awe, joy and meaning – suggesting these states are encompassed by hope rather than vice versa.

He does make some additional good points.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christine Sheehan on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"In the sweet spot of hope we have a healthy respect for the past and a passion for the future." In this treatise on Hope, author Shane J Lopez, PhD, culls together inspiring anecdotes and beautfiul stories from people he has met along the way and backed by solid scientific research to support the premise that hope-filled people are happier and more successful than others. His tips for assessing hope, building future goals, and living up to them are universally applicable to everyone -- incredibly important tips for parents, educators & leaders, who share the responsibility for "giving hope and inspiring youth." Through our actions and words, we have the power to make a positve or negative impact on the lives of our children, students or colleagues and we, by being "hopeful people" can create "ripples of hope."

Masterly interwoven with the Gallup Strengths, Lopez shows how a pathway to greater hope can build upon inherent strengths. But he doesn't stop there. Once you have hope, Dr. Lopez encourages sharing, by leading, teaching and building a network fellow hope-thinkers. Imagine the world we can create if each of us respond to his call?!
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