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There can be many reasons why we find it hard to have an optimistic state of mind or an expectation of a positive outcome.

'Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: "expect with confidence" and "to cherish a desire with anticipation." 

by Wikipedia

There can be many reasons why we find it hard to have an optimistic state of mind, or an expectation of a positive outcome. Sometimes we can feel so overwhelmed by events we think of suicide. It is important if you are reading this and having thoughts of suicide, that you speak to someone. The Samaritans are there 24/7 365 Tel No 116 123.

We have also included a postcard co-designed with experts by experience on tips to nourish hope, as well as some useful numbers. We know sometimes seeking help when we need it can be a challenge and the first place we seek may not be where we find it, however, some people care and there are more services than we often realise, so nurturing optimism that supports will be found can help us keep looking.

Being optimistic does not mean we do not see the challenges. It means we know we only have so much energy so invest it where it will be effective. The tips and postcards in this piece on optimism do not replace professional advice, we hope they offer some self-management actions which can help you find ways to keep hope alive. When we keep hope alive, that can also help us stay alive.

Please remember, that you matter, and people do care. That is why pieces like this, and the services shared exist, even when it feels like we are alone, we are not, there is still kindness and hope in the world and there are small actions we can all take to keep ourselves and each other safe. We have also included a kinder conversations postcard. Reaching out and checking in with each other is another way to create hope through action and help us realise we are not alone; hope is always with us if we give it our attention. 

"Hope" is the thing with feathers 

by Emily Dickinson

"Hope" is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -

And sore must be the storm -

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm -

I've heard it in the chillest land -

And on the strangest Sea -

Yet - never - in Extremity,

It asked a crumb - of me.

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