As I’m writing this post, I’m reading an article by Dr. Sanford Cohen, chair of psychiatry at Boston University’s School of Medicine.
He’s writing on the subject of “hopelessness.”
Dr. Cohen explains that death occurs because a victim feels hopeless and trapped. The victim feels death is an only escape.
He likens it to being under a “spell” of an aborigine witch. As the witch doctor points a ritual bone or sticks pins in a wax image, the victim mysteriously dies.
As bizarre as it may seem, I see a striking similarity between some of my suicidal depressive clients and the victim who lost all hope due to an evil voodoo “spell.”
Scientists supplies no explanation how Hope works.
But they do know that a profound feeling of hopefulness to replace hopelessness causes positive changes in norepinephrine in the brain. Norepinephrine is that essential brain chemical that transmits sympathetic nerve impulses for our health.
Hope is about wellness and wholeness.
When disaster hits, hope strengthens you to stay and make the best of it. It empowers you to avoid copping out and run.
Hope fuels you to think and feel that, even when the situation seems hopeless, it isn’t. Many people have been able to pull through under “impossible” circumstances.
Get doses of hope. Lots of it. It heals, and keeps you well.
“Hope does not disappoint us, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5).