Mental Health Awareness Day
Join us for a presentation from Dr. Shane Lopez Senior Scientist, Professor, who is a psychologist,leading researcher in the area of "Hope", Gallup Senior Scientist and architect of the Gallup Student Poll which measures the hope of hundreds of thousands of students each year to determine how hope drives well-being and achievement. He has authored 60 peer-reviewed articles, 34 chapters and seven books including The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology. His newest book, "Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others" was recently published.
"Ripples of Hope"
The tiny ripple of hope you set in motion can change the path of someone's life. It can make their future better.
You don't have to take a big, bold action or raise a ton of money to spark change. You can start small. You merely need to create momentum where there was none.
Making ripples starts with you. You know that irksome feeling you get when you see a problem that no one is doing anything about? Or the pang you feel when someone is left behind by life? That's where you start.
To spread hope, you have to get off the sidelines. Sure, you can influence people and events from a distance, but starting a ripple of hope requires some action, some force. Here is what you need to do:
- Catch yourself thinking or saying, "I wish someone would do something about that" or "I wish that problem would go away" or "I wish that person would catch a break." Turning that wish into hope starts a ripple.
- Recruit one or more friends to help you define and address the problem. You may need to borrow their hope when confronting the issue. You will give each other energy as you develop your plan.
- Make one visible change that addresses the problem. Ripples of hope stand out. They grab attention. They inspire others to start ripples of their own.