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Daily Life Lessons with Bernadette Russell: On How to be Hopeful

This week we caught up with author, storyteller, and activist Bernadette Russell to discuss her brilliant and timely new book, How to Be Hopeful: Your Toolkit to Rediscover Hope and Help Create a Kinder World. She emphasises that whereas optimism requires no action or effort from us, hopefulness is the belief that the world can be a better place, and then taking that action to achieve that. By acting on our hopes, we increase our chances of realising them.

Whether we're grieving or afraid, worn down by everyday troubles or relentless bad news, there is always hope. As an expert on the multiple benefits of hope and kindness, Bernadette Russell reveals how hope can be nurtured by all of us, even in uncertain times.

Filled with cutting-edge research, timeless philosophy and tales of triumph over adversity, this uplifting and essential toolkit will give you all you´╗┐ need to cultivate hope in yourself, your community and in our future.

With plenty of 'try this' tips and case studies of everyday 'hope heroes', How to Be Hopeful will inspire you to live and to act with renewed hope for a more compassionate world.

Hope is the fuel that transforms our lives. Download a free extract of her book here.

Listen to Bernadette's Daily Life Lessons now as she explains that hope is different from optimism, in that it is the belief that the world can be a better place, and then taking action to achieve that. Hope needs to be energising and protecting under the circumstances we are experiencing in 2020; so that rather than falling into despair, we reach for, and act on the possibility of a better world.

Megan

Megan is the marketing manager for the Life Lessons portfolio. Awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing is at the forefront of her mission for a better world.

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