We have gone to great lengths to ensure we don’t talk about hope as a “wish,” the way it is often talked about in the media. All of our programs and materials infuse the message that hope is measurable, definable, and teachable and that there is a Science of Hope. We have a lot of work to do together to rebrand the word hope itself, as this is not soft science. 

By participating in this project, you are adding to Hope Science and to our overall understanding of hope. Science is about testing hypotheses, getting feedback, and continually improving; by working together on our Global Movement for Hope, we are doing just that.

Dr. Karen Kirby talks about School Mental Health at the British Psychological Society Conference
Measure Hope

Hope is a predictor of many positive life outcomes, including academic achievement, work performance, athletic accomplishments, health, and resilience. Hope is not a destination; it fluctuates regularly. Yet by practicing hope skills, you can continue improving your ability to get to hope.

What you cannot measure, you cannot improve. It is therefore important to measure your hope levels to monitor your progress and check in on yourself. While there are many scales for hope, iFred uses the Children and Adult Snyder Hope Scales to measure hope, as they have been utilized for many studies on work performance, health, athleticism, lifespan, workplace engagement, productivity, and more. 

By taking the Snyder Hope Scale regularly, you can begin to see the link between hope and outcomes in every area of your life. Hope is a journey; as you move foward, your hope levels will rise and fall. That is okay. If you practice your hope skills regularly, no matter how hopeless life seems in the low moments, you will always have a way back to hope. 

We ask that you measure your hope, and encourage all those in your community to measure hope, so we can start tracking hopefulness in individuals around the world. 

You can find the free scales, and encourage others to take them, here:  

Strengths Finder

Understanding your strengths is important for creating and maintaining hope. Focusing on your strengths can help you manage your stress response, cultivate positive thoughts, and focus on the future. 

Take a moment to learn more about your strengths by taking the free VIA Character Strengths Survey here:

Disclaimer: The scores on these self-assessments do not reflect any particular diagnosis or course of treatment. They are meant as a tool to help assess your level of hope. If you have concerns about your current wellbeing or health, you are encouraged to share your results with a physician or healthcare provider. Innovative Analysis, LLC sponsors, partners, and advertisers disclaim any liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, from the use and application of these measures.

Conduct Local Hope Research

We’ve shared the many positive outcomes of hope and the impact of programming. Yet the more we do to study the programs and collect data, the more we can improve the programs. We encourage you to activate schools, Universities, workplaces, and individuals in your community to give us feedback and help us continue to spread hope as efficiently as possible. If you are interested in participating, we can help you set up a study measuring hope and mental health at the beginning and end of our programs.  Simply contact us at Research@iFred.org.

You can review the research we have completed on the Hopeful Minds curriculums here. 

Collaboration with Dr. Crystal Bryce and the Arizona State University Hope Research Center
Support Our Knowledge Base

The more you do to get involved in Hope Science and contribute to our work, the more it will be improved. We ask that you send us feedback using this feedback form:

Be sure to also sign up for our newsletter, follow us on social media at @ifredorg, and help us spread the message of hope using hashtags #HopeScience #HopeResearch #HopefulCities

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