Young people need to know that life is worth living and that their actions can create a positive shift.
Why bother with hope?
Being hopeful is a key factor in wellbeing. Plus…
“Researchers have found that students who are high in hope have greater academic success, stronger friendships, and demonstrate more creativity and better problem-solving They also have lower levels of depression and anxiety and are less likely to drop out from school.” 
Make space for far-fetched ideas
Inspire hope in young people by getting them to have far-fetched ideas to change the world and save the planet.
“Hope arises in dire circumstances in which people fear the worst yet yearn for better…Hope creates the urge to draw on one’s own capabilities and inventiveness to turn things around.”
Before the innovation comes the invention. Before the invention comes the ideas.
We need every young person to know that having far-fetched ideas is the starting point of taking action to halt the current zero-sum game for people and planet.
Their hope starts with their creativity.
Global Citizens – The class of 2018
The GenZ young people that I talk to, as well as the Millennials, see themselves as ‘humans without geographic boundaries’ - a new era of global citizens wanting to take action on climate change, world peace and ending poverty.
We need our young people to be hopeful in their own capacity…not for someone else to swoop-in to save the day, but in their own capacity to take action for positive change, within their lives and communities.
NB: Do Things for Others sits in first place as Action for Happiness’ 10 Keys to Happier Living
What can you do on Happiness Day to inspire hope?
Celebrate every young person, regardless of academic ability, as an agent of change.
Appoint each one as an innovator able to save the world by taking action through their unique creativity and strengths.
Round off your Happiness Day by celebrating Hope as a character strength that every one of them has as a community of global citizens.
Wishing you a joyful, hopeful, awe-filled Happiness Day!
This is on my mind this morning.
Globally, people of every race, gender and religion, are weary of opening their news feed to see terror and war. Manchester, Kabul, London, Syria, Yemen…we are all connected.
These are hijacking and politicising acts of violence. It makes a statement that I am increasingly struggling to understand. I do recognise that it relies on turning love into fear and into anger, to push us away from each other, to turn us against each other. Divide and rule.
When you are talking today, be specific about who ‘they’ are - the terrorists, because depending where you are geographically in the world, a lazy generalisation of ‘they’ might include you and maybe that is why we’re in the trouble that we’re in.
In every part of this beautiful planet, 7 billion people get up each day. A few have a lot, many have something and a lot have very little. 7 billion people of all ages simply want to fulfil their needs to feel safe, to love, to have opportunities and to be respected.
From that common point of empathy, step outside and shine light into your community today. Knowing that, remember that we all have more in common than not.
Light a candle, smile, lift your head out of your phone and make eye contact with someone, put divisions aside and make your own good news, plant something. Don’t play ‘their’ game of divide and rule. Don’t be addicted to fear, do something to inspire hope.
In the words of Carl Sagan, “We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.”
Inspiration for opening up your unique blend of creativity to take action for people and planet