Here's How to Avoid Losing Hope so You Can Live a Life You Love ...

Lauren

“Hope is a good thing, may be the best of things; and a good thing never dies” –The Shawshank Redemption.

No matter how low you are, no matter how down you feel, one thing remains - hope is always there. It may be just a glimmer but it’s there and its existence is there for you to grab it and make it shine bright in your life.

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Always Think in the Long Term and Your Decisions Will Always Lead to Hope

If you consider every decision with a view to the long term, you will lead a far more hopeful life that you can love. Should you eat that whole cheesecake? In the short term it is a great idea, especially if the world blows up tomorrow, but in the long term it is going to shorten your life, make you look ugly and cause health problems. Should you get a tattoo of an angry pumpkin covered with rose thorns? In the short term it will freak out your friends and be a great conversation starter with hot guys, but in the long term it is going to put off the ladies at a women’s guild when you are trying to win their votes to elect you mayor.

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Make Your Decisions Based on Your Mind and Not Your Heart

The best advice on how to not lose hope involves following your head and not your heart. Follow your heart and you walk a hopeless path. Make decisions with your head and not your heart, and you will lead a more hopeful life by default. Your head says the six lady’s names he has tattooed on his arms are not names of his late dogs, but your heart says that you are different and you are the one that can change him.

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Understand That the Life You Love Needs Constant Maintenance

The life you love is not going to appear. It takes thought and work. It also takes maintenance. For example, the perfect marriage is not won at the wedding; it takes constant maintenance otherwise he starts coming home smelling of his secretary, and you get a crush on the gardener.

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Get People to Share Your Dream so You May Mutually Help Each Other

The life you love may be the life somebody else would love too. Find others that have a similar dream or goal as you and see if they will join forces. Maybe the life you love involves growing sweet peas in a big greenhouse, or photographing celebs on the catwalk. No matter what your goal, there are always others out there that have it too and can join you in your quest to getting there.

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Work on Your Plan Every Day

You may only have hope if you have a plan. If you do not have a plan, then hope turns to wishes, and wishes do not come true unless you are the 16 year old daughter of a millionaire. A plan puts you in the driving seat and shows you what you are shooting for. Change and adapt your plan to suit your progress, and within the plan you will see a glimmer of hope. Every time you get closer to your goal you get closer to living a life you love.

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Take Two Days off Every Week

If you can’t fit two full days, then take two nights and one full day. Pack the kids off to their grandparents. Push your college assignments to one side. Leave work at work, This does not mean sit around and watch TV for two days: it means experience something other than your routine for a total of two days per week. You will be surprised how much hope re-enters your life when you purposefully take yourself out of your routine.

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Learn How to Say No

Most people lose hope when they feel helpless, and most people in the free world feel helpless because they have not mastered the word “No.” Its a fantastic word you can use when you do not want to work overtime, when you do not want to pick up another person’s kids, and when you do not want to pay for your boyfriends new jean’s. It is a liberating word you can use to stop people taking you for granted, so you can live your life with a little more hope.

Life isn’t easy but hope is there to help you through it. Embrace hope, love hope. Hope will love you back.

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Hope is the basic reason why we buy anything be it a car,make- up,food ,you name it. We part with our money because e hope that whatever it is we are buying will change something or other. We hope we will get from A to B quicker or in style with new car, e hope we will look prettier with new make- up,we hope we will enjoy the food etc. . Powerful emotion!

I was having a bad day today, because my head told my heart no! In 10 years time I could get cancer and die, which makes me think, what's the point? But if I keep persevering, maybe it will pay off with the much desired freedom of doing what I want, where I want. Either way, I'll be free of this current situation!

Since the heart is a pump for our blood, we should use our heads to think with. The emotion AND logic is in our brains. Just think carefully and deeply, keeping the future in mind rather than immediate gratification.

I truly needed to read this. I've become so overwhelmed in my life I needed help to prioritize to stay focused and positive

Work with your head AND with your heart equally. With just one choice, follow what feels right and what makes sense. That's what I believe as opposed to what you put here.

I don't agree with always following your head either.

Kinda agree with you @Kaitlinrh....but I also think you have to live in the future and present at the same time. You've gotta think about your future when you make big decisions but you have to live in the present and enjoy every single second of it. And like you said everything could be completely different 10 years from now.....there's no guarantee that you and all your loved ones will even be alive 10 years from now. So like I said you have to make wise decisions that could help you in the future but also enjoy the present at the same time.

Thank you!👍😊

I didn't even feel like continuing reading after the first two points. They are absurd. Living in the present is much more satisfying then living for the future constantly. Live for today because 10 years from now things are going to be completely different than they are today. And following your heart could lead you to your true love. It sure did for me! I don't even want to continue reading because I don't agree with the first two points at all.

Hope is a powerful word! We all hope every day for a better life for ourselves and those we love whether it be during good times or bad! As far as the comments on here regarding thinking with your head or heart, it's really simple when something that your fixing to do is a life altering decision then you better think with your head.

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