A Little Hope Goes A Long Way
Hope is a cognitive-motivational construct, which is important to be attained. It has been proven to help with stress, lower levels of depression and anxiety, negative life events and suicide risks (Tucker, et al. 2013; Valle, Huebner and Suldo, 2006). I can go to the extent of saying hope is a super power that could be used to redirect our “feeling down” moments to being on top of the pinnacle.
How our society reaches the point of being hopeful, could rely on such factors such as how we communicate with each other. Positive talks should be the heart of each conversation, because we do not always know what the next person is going through. As a result, we need interpersonal strengths such as social intelligence. Social Intelligence is conceptualised as being informed of the feelings of the people around you and what their intentions are. This also includes being aware of your own feelings and intentions. With enhanced communication skills, we could reach out to more people and be of help, because adequate communication creates space for a person with depression to open-up, be hopeful and change their life.
My point is, with the study by the World Health Organization, depression will be the second leading cause of disability and the leading cause of death by the year 2020 and it is imperative to learn methods that will divert the predictions. Giving the person next to you hope, with just controlling the tone of how you greet them and consciously using body language positively. Other methods include smiling, shaking hands or hugging and choosing the right words in conversations. This exercise is very important because our communication is basically made up of three components, body language (55%), tone (38%) and words (7%).
We have a responsibility, and it is to keep the society stable. Everyone should play their part and it begins with a hello. It is not what you say, but how you say it. That can help a family member, a friend and a stranger, from being part of the suicide statistics.
1. Tucker and colleagues cited from David B, Durand., V (2017). Abnormal Psychology, 1st Edition
2. Valle, M. F., Huebner, E. S., & Suldo, S. M. (2006). An analysis of hope as a psychological strength. Journal of school psychology, 44(5), 393-406.