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We've talked about related topics on the blog — including resiliency and the power of positive thinking — however, this week I'd like to discuss hope. Keeping a sense of hope can improve your resilience and add to your ability to endure difficult moments.
While you can't change what happened in the past, you can be hopeful for the future. Hope can help you deal with change, and have a positive impact on your recovery and healing.
People who are hopeful have a positive outlook on the future. This positive outlook provides a motivation to take better care of themselves, practice healthy behaviors, accept and overcome obstacles, and adhere to their treatment plan.
Researchers have shown a strong link between hope and emotional well-being. This link can in turn, affect our physical well-being. Being hopeful can help shield you from the effects of stress and anxiety.
I thought I'd add a few thoughts on being hopeful that might be helpful to consider:
Having hope can help you navigate the ups and downs of living with cancer. How has being hopeful made a difference for you?
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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