With the dawn of a fresh new year comes the anticipated hope for the year ahead. Hope is a quality of thinking that is considered in positive psychology to be an important element in psychological well-being. Positive psychology places more emphasis on studying and working towards improving mental well-being than on correcting mental disorders. Hopeful thinking is viewed as one aspect of psychological well-being.
Writing for the website Positivepsychology.com in January 2020, Elaine Houston identifies eight benefits of having hope in our thinking.