Right now, we could all use a bit of strength to overcome life’s challenges and hope for the future. Can quotes related to overcoming adversity really help? Yes, they can! Research shows that referring to words that are inspiring can turn negative thoughts toward a more positive outlook and can really affect your mental health.
Especially if you are alone and can’t reach out for the hugs of loved ones or a single mom struggling to homeschool kids. Whatever your current struggles, think of these quotes as virtual hugs. They are quiet cheerleaders from the sidelines of your life.
What is Hope?
A dictionary definition would be “a feeling of expectation and a desire for certain things to happen.”
For me, hope it’s a feeling of what is possible in the future. Even when we are surrounded by negative experiences. Having hope that the future will not be as difficult.
It’s hopeful feelings that help me resume somewhat normal living during challenging times. It helps create a positive mindset to face current challenges allowing me to move on both emotionally and physically.
How Do You Inspire Hope?
Show others love and care
We all need to feel love and that we are cared for. Whether it comes from your partner, family, or friends, it feels wonderful to know that somebody cares about you. While we don’t usually know what people are going through, letting them know that somebody cares for them will give them hope and inspire positivity. If you know a friend or just anyone who needs any type of help, be there for them. No matter how little help you can offer, it will mean so much to someone who is struggling.
Make people feel they deserve happiness
Some people lose hope because they think they don’t deserve to be happy. If you know someone who is feeling down on themselves, do something to help. Remind them that everyone deserves to be happy. If a friend or loved one is stuck feeling this way, please recommend that they find a mental health professional. Encourage them without stigma.
Show people acceptance
There are times when we all feel that we’re not enough. When we know people who can look beyond our weaknesses, it gives us hope. Learn how to show people you accept them and care for them, regardless of who they are and what they do. Make them feel valued by showing unconditional love.
Share appreciation with others
One of my favorite things to do is to share a compliment with a stranger. Seeing the smile on their face helps me know that I did something to brighten their day. Even something small like complimenting someone’s shoes, hair or clothes. If you think a person deserves recognition for doing a good job, make sure you take the time to let them know.
Reach out and connect
This is a tough one because I often feel lonely and don’t let others know. Your friends or family may be feeling the same way. Much more than material things, there’s no better gift we can give than the gift of our time. Nothing can substitute the time you spend with those who need it. Be there to comfort them when they are down and to celebrate with them when they are happy. It may be a simple gesture like a phone call but it’s more than enough to make others feel loved and hopeful.
Ways to use these Strength & Hope Quotes
Use the quotes that really resonate with you. Print them out, share them on your social media, post them on your mirror, computer monitor, or fridge. Use them as a journaling prompt or say them out loud to yourself throughout the day. These strength and hope quotes are sure to lift your spirits. Every little bit helps these days.
Inspiring Hope Quotes from Books
“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
“If you’re reading this…Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.”Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
“We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreperably broken.”John Green, Looking for Alaska
“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone
“When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four
Other Hope Quotes from History
The only one who can tell you “you can’t win” is you and you don’t have to listen.Jessica Ennis
The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.Robert Tew
We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.Martin Luther King, Jr.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achievedHellen Keller
Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.J.K. Rowling
Learn as if you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow.Mahatma Gandhi
Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.Winston S. Churchill