The Practice of Hopeology is a self-help empowerment product that employs practices of thinking and behavior to help one become more hopeful and share hope with others. It is practical in nature and easily adapted to accommodate one’s lifestyle and beliefs. The Practice of Hopeology utilizes components of social, spiritual, and educational models, and it consists of powerful, practical concepts that will enable you to wrap your head, hands, and heart around hope. I truly believe that if each person does these things and helps others to do them, the world will be a better place. The Practice of Hopeology advocates for hope as a way of thinking and living. When you embrace the Practice of Hopeology you can become more hopeful and spread hope to others. I believe that together we can change the world through hope.
The Practice of Hopeology is not a theory it is having a mindset and behaviors to promote hope. It is a way of living and being. It is not counseling, and we refer people to appropriate resources as needed. It is meant to come alongside a person as a part of health and wellness emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It can be likened to an herbal supplement. It is not a cure all, it is an enhancement to one’s life.
Dr. Rosalind Tompkins created the Practice of Hopeology based upon her formal education at Florida State University in their world-renowned School of Social Work graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and her professional experience in founding and leading Mothers In Crisis, Inc. in 1991, where she helped tens of thousands of families to overcome crises of various kinds for over two decades. This was all done through the power of hope. In addition, her personal experience of overcoming and maintaining recovery from various addictions for well over thirty years has informed and led her to create the Practice of Hopeology, which is a mechanism and a means to harness the power of hope.
Dr. Tompkins has taken her insight, expertise, and experience and created the Practice of Hopeology. A practical, simple, yet profound approach to empower others to become hopeful and share hope with others.
The best way to understand and experience the Practice of Hopeology is by attending and participating in a Hope Immersion Retreat Workshop in person.
Hope Immersion Retreat (HIR) Workshops are Available
We encourage everyone to schedule a Hope Immersion Retreat Workshop in person in small groups, or virtually. During Hope Immersion Retreat Workshops Hopeologist Dr. Rosalind Tompkins teaches the practical principles of the Practice of Hopeology. Learn how to become more hopeful and release the power of hope to others. Contact Mothers In Crisis to schedule a HIR Workshop by calling (850) 222-7705 or email email@example.com.
How to Create and Spread Hope in Your Daily Life
With seemingly constant negative news reports telling of school shootings, suicides and more, you may feel like there is little to feel hopeful about these days, but experts say that having hope can be a powerful tool in good times and bad.
“Whether you’ve lost a job or a loved one, or you’re experiencing general feelings of despair, hope can give you strength and renew your potential and purpose,” says Dr. Rosalind Tompkins, founder of the National Month of Hope. “Finding hope in everyday challenges is the first step to creating a solution.”
To help you find hope in your life, as well as spread hope to others, Dr. Tompkins, a recognized “Hopeologist” and life coach offers the following advice.
- Take a Hope Break. Schedule five minute “hope breaks” into your normal routine. Find a quiet place, take five to 10 deep breaths, and think about good things happening, instead of the worst-case scenario. Make an affirmation and speak it out loud. Repeat as often as needed.
- Take Action. Set goals and move forward, focusing on results. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your progress.
- Spread hope to your community by giving time, food, and money to those in need. Whether you clean up a local park, read to children in schools or volunteer in a food pantry, you’ll be spreading hope to those who need it, which can help you feel more hopeful too.
- Have a Chat. Is there someone in your life who needs hope? Prepare yourself for a conversation with that person by turning on your own belief that things can get better. Start the conversation with something like, “I care about you and wanted to check in with you to see how things are going.” Ask them to share what they are going through and be prepared to listen. Let them know that you are there for them and reinforce feelings of hope.
- Get Involved. Join the Mothers In Crisis Hope Pass It On Campaign, Host a Hope Immersion Retreat, or Become a Citizen of Hope. While despairing often comes naturally in times of personal and public crisis, consider empowering yourself to move forward by adopting a hopeful attitude.
Mothers In Crisis encourages everyone to Think and Imagine Hope. By that we mean look for hope in every challenging situation. When you “think hope” you can find solutions.
You can train your brain to Think Hope by taking Hope Breaks.
Steps to Taking Hope Breaks:
- Schedule breaks into your normal routine in five-minute increments
- Find a quiet place
- Take five to ten deep breaths
- Think about good things happening, instead of the worst-case scenario think of the best-case scenario, think about all the great things that could happen and will happen
- Make an affirmation and speak it out loud, example (I will be okay) (Things are going to be alright)
- Repeat as often as needed
In addition, have Hope Chats:
*The Seven steps to having Hope Chats: Identify, Prepare, Go, Listen, Encourage, Empower & Wrap-Up
1. Identify Someone Who Needs Hope
2. Prepare yourself for the Conversation
- Turn on your belief that things can get better
- Put on your unconditional love
3. Go to them and look them in the eyes and say something like, “I care about you and wanted to check in with you to see how things are going.”
4. As they share listen to them with a ”hope” face (warm, non-judgemental, inviting)
5. After they are finished sharing encourage with, “I can understand why you might see things that way.” Then ask them, “Deep down, what do you want most?”
6. After listening to their answers empower with, “I have an idea, may I share it with you?”
7. Wrap-up with, “Just know that I am here for you and I believe that things are going to get better because remember, as long as there Is breath in your body, there is hope.”
Have a Hope Chat & Tell Us About It! (850) 222-7705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through the efforts of Mothers In Crisis, the National Day Calendar designated April as the National Month of Hope. National Day Calendar
In April 2016 in honor of Mothers In Crisis 25th anniversary, MIC received proclamations from the City and County designating every Friday as Hope Universe Day. On Hope Fridays, share hope and help with those in need.
Ways to Celebrate Hope:
- Encourage family, friends, co-workers, and colleagues
- Give time, food, and money to help families in need
- Minister to those incarcerated by writing letters and visiting
- Post on social media words of hope with Hash-tag #hopeuniverseday
- Share your testimony of overcoming and going through hard times
- Volunteer by reading to children in schools
- Smile and hug someone and say “Happy Hope Universe Day!”
- Clean up areas where there is trash such as parks and neighborhoods
How can I find hope? By becoming a Citizen of Hope Today! Just Click the link and Sign-Up: CITIZENSHIP OF HOPE UNIVERSE