After the events of 2020, hopelessness is at an all-time high around the world. Like many others, I too felt the effects of the social isolation and uncontrollable events of the year. Instead of descending into hopelessness, I instead focused on a new SMART goal: updating the Hopeful Minds curriculums.
Hopeful Minds is a free global program that teaches hope as a skill. Not only do the Hopeful Minds resources teach you how to create, maintain, and grow hope; they also introduce the habits you can implement in your life to improve your hopeful mindset, especially when faced with adversity.
If you currently have a strong hopeful mindset, the Hopeful Minds resources also show you how to teach others the “how-to” of hope. Hope isn’t just about ourselves; it is about lifting up humanity and finding ways to collectively thrive. We must use the lens of hope to keep moving forward despite the obstacles and challenges that life places in our way.
The Hopeful Minds curriculums are based on hope theory informed by researchers worldwide. Hope, defined as a vision fueled by positive feelings and inspired actions, impacts all outcomes in life, including academic achievement, athletic performance, health, and resilience. Lack of hope, or hopelessness, also predicts numerous negative life outcomes, such as addiction, violence, anxiety, and depression. For more information about the benefits of hope, visit www.hopefulminds.org/hope-research.
We believe that hope is a human right, and offer all of our curriculums and resources free for download at www.hopefulminds.org/curriculum. Paperback versions of all of our curriculums and hopework books are also available for purchase on Amazon or for wholesale at Ingram Content Group. When you purchase any of the curriculums, 100% of your purchase profits go directly to iFred, a 501(c)(3), and the Hopeful Minds program.
The current Hopeful Minds curriculums include:
- Hopeful Minds Overview Educator Guide: Three, one-hour lessons that introduce the “what,” “why,” and “how” of hope.
- Hopeful Minds Overview Hopework Book: Workbook for students designed to supplement the Hopeful Minds Overview Educator Guide lessons. The Hopework book is also included in the Educator Guide itself.
- Hopeful Minds Deep Dive Educator Guide: 16, 45-minute lessons and delve into the skills needed to create, maintain, and grow a hopeful mindset.
- Hopeful Minds Deep Dive Hopework Book: Workbook for students designed to supplement the Hopeful Minds Deep Dive Educator Guide lessons. The Hopework book is also included in the Educator Guide itself.
- Hopeful Minds Parent’s Guide: An introduction to hope that gives parents the tools they need to implement hope language and skills in their homes.
- Resources for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: A guide to help parents and educators understand and recognize signs of hopelessness, and identify stress, anxiety, and depression in children.
- Who To Call: An up-to-date list of resources and organizations if you or someone you love needs support.
- Additional resources, lessons, and visuals for educators and parents.
Our curriculums are designed to be easily adaptable for different cultures, age groups, and settings to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn about hope.
You can find out more about Hopeful Minds, the extraordinary power of hope, and the resources we provide by viewing our presentation at the International Child Mental Health Working Group (ICMH), watching BBC’s coverage of Hopeful Minds, or reading about the Research Surrounding Hope.
There has never been a more crucial time to activate hope in your home and your community. Find out more at www.hopefulminds.org.