The past year has overwhelmed most of us. Many people have dealt with sickness and death without the support of family and friends in times of social distancing and isolation. The political turbulence that we watched as throngs of people stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday only added to the bleakness of these times.

It is in that context that Rutgers Newark psychologist Jacqueline S. Mattis writes “if ever there were a time for a conversation about hope, it is now,” and gives us five strategies to cultivate hope.

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5 strategies for cultivating hope this year

Jacqueline S. Mattis, Rutgers University - Newark

A year of social disconnections, deaths, job losses and political violence may lead some people to feel overwhelmed and sad. A psychologist suggests ways to find and sustain hope.

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