There are so many more reasons, but let’s start with 13. As we can argue all day about if suicide contagion is “real”, yet why not focus on Hope? Our goal is to come up with a Hope contagion, and we need your help to make it possible.

The reasons why we need to change direction to hope, now, are endless. We compiled many statistics on hopelessness, and as you will see they are shocking. But instead of focusing on the statistics, let’s just look at the news. The college entrance scandal, the #MeToo movement, weapon carrying to school, teen suicide & contagion, and more. Believe it or not, each and every one of these have something in common: HOPE.

When you really look at the research, it becomes clear: We must learn how to instill, grow, and expand Hope. The good news is, we can, and are, doing just that. So here are our 13 reasons why it is time to #ChangeDirection to #Hope (all sourcing is listed, with direct links to studies, on Hopeful Minds):

  1. Hope is a universal concept, one that is easily understood across cultures.
  2. Hope is not something “soft”; there is solid evidence around the importance of hope and how it independently impacts many different life outcomes.
  3. The more hopeful we are, the less likely we are to bring weapons to school.
  4. Higher hope corresponds to greater physical and emotional well-being.
  5. Hope is a greater predictor of academic success than IQ.
  6. Hopeful people live longer.
  7. The higher the hope, the less likely you are to have depression and anxiety.
  8. The reverse is not true, so if you are depressed or anxious, there is always potential to grow your hope muscle to prevent future episodes.
  9. Hopeful people have a greater sense that life is meaningful.
  10. Hopeful people are more productive.
  11. Hope is a top leadership trait in the workplace.
  12. Hopeful people are less lonely, and more socially connected.
  13. Hope is Teachable.

We must be hopeful, before we can become resilient. How can you get involved in Hope?

  • Plant a sunflower garden for hope. Print out a sign, put it up in your yard, church, or community center, and encourage others to learn about Hope.
  • Teach hope in your community, school, club, or office, using our teacher training guides at Hopeful Minds.
  • Get trained using a Hope badge, and ask people to download the 7 Cups peer-to-peer support app so that no matter what, each and every person always has someone to talk to when they can’t find own Hope.

If you are inspired by our work, and agree, please do like and share! #TimeToAct #ChangeDirection #Hope

This post was originally published on PsychCentral.


  • Kathryn Goetzke

    MBA, Global Hope Ambassador, iFred Founder, Chief Mood Officer

    iFred, The Mood Factory

    Kathryn Goetzke is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, strategic consultant and global depression advocate. She is the entrepreneur and innovator behind Mood-lites™, a brand that achieved over 35 million dollars in retail sales. As her role as Chief Mood Officer at The Mood Factory, her goal is to ‘Improve Moods’ by teaching consumers how to get in the present moment through engaging the senses. Armed with an MBA in International Marketing, an undergraduate degree in Psychology, over 20 years of experience with small and Fortune 100 companies, and a successful product launch of her own under her belt, she aims to do just that with her new line of product based on how scents impact moods and 21 Day Courses teaching how to rewire the brain. In addition to launching Mood-lites, Goetzke founded a non-profit organization for depression called iFred (the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression – dedicated to eradicating the stigma of the disease using the sunflower, a focus on hope, the color yellow, celebrity engagement, creating hopeful mindsets, and education on the biology of the brain. According to the World Health Organization, there are 300 million people around the world with major depressive disorder, yet depression is treatable and episodes often preventable. She is most excited about her Hopeful Minds initiative (, based on research that hope is a teachable skill and aimed at teaching kids around the world so they may be equipped to always create, maintain, and sustain hope. Goetzke and her work has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Home, InStyle, Family Living, Scholastic Choices Magazine, and others. She has spoken at the United Nations, World Bank, Global Mental Health Conference, Mental Health Community Associations Conference, the Scent Marketing Institute, and more. She has been featured on multiple radio and television shows including BBC, WGN Chicago, CBS Chicago, Tasty Trade, and eWomenNetwork. Goetzke is a regular contributor to the Thrive Global and PsychCentral, writes regularly for iFred and The Mood Factory, and serves on advisory boards for FundaMentalSDG, the Global Mental Health Movement, and Women's Brain Project, and is a member of the Founding Steering Committee Member of YMentalHealth, a global coalition for youth mental health nonprofits. Goetzke has a Master of Business Administration degree in International Marketing Management from the University of St. Thomas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, International Studies and Biology from Winona State University. She currently resides in Reno, NV, where she enjoys hiking, meeting new people, playing with her nieces, exploring the mountains, skiing, and solving complex global challenges.