Hope can be one of the hardest things to discover in difficult times, but it is vital to hold onto when the going gets tough. Being hopeful is about developing a state of mind that believes we can have a brighter future tomorrow even when things are not looking great today.

Desmond Tutu is one of the world’s most prominent spiritual leaders and after facing immense challenges in his life he was able to describe hope as “being able to see that there is a light despite all the darkness.” Finding hope when it seems like there’s none to be found can be hard, but it is possible.

Top Tips for Staying Hopeful

Here are five ways you and those around you can stay hopeful in challenging times.

 1) Pause and reflect

When you feel yourself getting caught up with the rollercoaster of life it is easy to feel like things are spinning out of control. Every negative scenario fills your mind and you end up losing all sense of perspective. In these moments, just pause for a minute, take a breath and reflect on what your next steps will be. Taking time to press pause is sometimes the best action you can take to find that spirit of hope again.


2) Remember what you are thankful for

No matter how hard things get there is always something to be grateful for. It is possible to catch a glimmer of hope from unexpected places. What can you see around you that you are thankful for? Who are you most appreciative to have in your life? Practicing gratitude makes you better equipped to handle what comes your way with a hopeful spirit.


3) Limit your Bad News intake

Every day is full of both good and bad reports, but it is the bad news that seems to travel faster. Be careful not to excessively watch, listen to or engage with media that makes you feel hopeless and fearful. Create a challenge today to deliberately look for hope in the news and see what difference it makes.


4) Focus on what you can look forward to

We can still acknowledge the difficulty of our situation in the world around us while still living with hope. One way to do this is to actively think of what you can look forward to beyond your present situation. What does a positive future look like for you when you find your breakthrough? Where could you travel to as an exciting destination? What kind of book could you write? What about getting that dream job or even starting a business? Thinking about a future vision always inspires hope and reminds you there is another chapter still to come.

“It seems to me, we have a lot of story left to tell.”Walt Disney


5) Talk to hopeful people

Most of us know at least one person who can persistently see the bright side of life. And it is also true to say we know some people who leave us feeling drained too! Making a video or phone call to someone you care about might just be the thing you need to bring a dose of much needed encouragement. Even when we can’t meet others face to face, we can still choose who we spend our time with. When you engage in any community, on or offline, you need to ask yourself questions like “Does this person or group make me feel more or less hopeful?”

Our Virtual Chaplain says…

“Many people in times of crisis turn to prayer as a means of finding hope. Prayer is the practice of talking to God about what we are concerned about. Some people find the Bible a source for encouragement especially in the promise that God has good plans to give us a hope and a future.”

Bible Reference: Jeremiah 29 v 11


  • Make a list of what you are hopeful for in a years’ time. What good things might you have to look forward to when you are through your current crisis?

  • Who can you talk to today that will help bring you a dose of hope?

  • If you are really struggling to see beyond what you are facing please talk to someone you trust or one of the confidential organisations listed below today



On social media this week tag a picture with someone who always makes you feel hopeful and tell them why.

Use the hashtag #ethoschallenge to share with others.

Useful Stuff

If you feel like you need to chat to someone urgently or need confidential support if you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

The Good News Network
The Good News Network is a great way of finding out what good news is happening in the world today

The Bible App
Find out more about hope by downloading The Bible App to receive positive messages daily