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Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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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.
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Dr. Lopez shows us that "Hope" is no longer an ambiguous or arbitrary idea about the future. Rather, it is an active process that connects our present and our future through our behaviors. "Making Hope Happen" in many ways is a paradigm shift of how we think about our lives, what motivates us, and how we can sustain our own well being at home, in our communities, and at work.
Last week, Dr. Lopez gave a presentation about his book to the youth-serving non-profit I work for in Boston. During his presentation, I saw my staff light up like I haven't before. They were excited to be exposed to evidence-based research that validates the work we already do so well. I am confident that his presentation and research will have a ripple effect throughout our entire organization and the way we approach management, training, and our work with the students we serve.
One thing about this book that's been especially helpful to me, both personally and professionally, is my understanding of its definition of hope - the belief that the future can be better, and the belief that I can set a course to make that happen.
I work in a nonprofit serving adolescents, and the message of this book is the message our organization works to bring to "our" kids: hope for the future. This wise and sincere book gave me all sorts of new ideas to incorporate into that work.
Give it a read - both your head and your heart will be glad.