L is for Shane J. Lopez: The Importance Of Hope


Shane describes himself as: “A psychologist studying hope for a living.”

A writer and researcher, he explains that hopeful people often demonstrate the following qualities.

They believe that the future will be better than the present.

They believe they have the power to make it so.

Shane outlines this research in this video. He gives an excellent presentation, even though he has to do so while people in the audience are eating their lunch.

Human beings constantly focus on the future, says Shane. Envisaging how the future can be, they set goals and have dreams.

But what if they do not see a positive future? Shane explains that people can increase their sense of hope.

One approach is to help them to focus on the acronym: GPA. Explaining this approach in the Gallup Business Journal, he says:

“Future orientation relies on three kinds of thinking – goals thinking, pathways thinking, and agency thinking – and hope theory capitalizes on them.

“Goals thinking is ubiquitous, and we all do it fairly well, but everybody could do a little bit better in refining goals to make them more attainable, to make them approachable.

Pathways thinking is the perceived ability to create pathways or strategies to get from point A, where you are now, to point B, which is goal attainment.

“Agency thinking is the self-efficacy and the mental energy to work and pursue your identified goals along your selected pathways.

“Pathways and agency thinking work in tandem; they reverberate in such a way that the more you have of both, the easier it is to pursue and attain your goals.”


Looking at the research on hope, Shane and his colleagues found that:

Hope costs nothing – it does not relate to income.

Hope is teachable – it is possible to teach people to be more hopeful.

Shane also goes on to explore the qualities that people want from their leaders. Looking right across the board, these were the four qualities that emerged. People want their leaders to demonstrate:

Compassion; Stability; Trust; Hope.

You can discover more about Shane’s work at his web site and also his blog for Psychology Today.



Making Hope Happen

Shane’s site also contains details of his latest book. Here is a description.

“Making Hope Happen is the first scientifically based blueprint for mobilizing the energy and power of hope in every area of an individual’s life.

“It details proven strategies and techniques for building a high-hope mindset that is also effective for meeting short- and long-term goals.

“Readers will take a hope quiz, learn to find where their best hope lies, and define what matters most to them in order to drive hope today and into the future.

“The newest evolution of positive psychology, Making Hope Happen also tells the inspiring stories of real people – parents, educators, entrepreneurs, young and old people with health challenges, and civic leaders – who create hope and who transformed their own lives as well as their schools, workplaces, and communities.

“The message is clear: Hope matters. Hope is a choice. Hope can be learned and spread to others. How well we hope determines how well we live.”

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