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Hope Therapy

Hope is an emotion characterized by positive feelings about the immediate or long-term future and often coupled with high motivation, optimism, and a generally elevated mood.Hope is a partially subjective term, and both psychologists and philosophers have struggled to define it. Some argue that hopefulness is a relatively stable personality trait, others believe that hope depends on external circumstances and previous experience, and some people view hope as a choice. Hope is commonly associated with warm feelings about the future, an increased willingness to work toward a goal, and an upbeat mood.

Hope therapy is a fairly recent idea with a fairly basic point. The main way this therapy is practiced is by teaching people in a group class setting to become more oriented toward positive thinking . Positive thinking with positive goals and behavior will help people toachieve their goals. It is separate from the idea of optimism, which is generally having a pervasive belief that good things are likely to happen. Instead, researchers believe that people can be taught to improve their outlook and minor depression in class settings, instead of through traditional talk therapy, which may tend to focus on negative experiences.

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It is observed that Hope therapy helps a lot to the people with severe macular degeneration, and people with mild depression, who were not classed as having a mental illness. Most people learn how to create goals, how to determine ways to reach goals and also how to use positive self-talk. Instead of focusing on negative incidents. Hope therapy relied on positive goal-based training. Many people in the groups noted significant elevation of mood, were able to absorb the training and became more goal oriented and were successfully able to use positive self-talk to diminish negative thinking patterns.

Hope therapy is  not just about the “power of positive thinking.” Instead it is based somewhat on the cognitive behavioral model of therapy which works to replace old or negative “hot thoughts” or core beliefs with new ones that are more truthful and positive. However, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) does spend at least some time analyzing how negative thoughts or experiences have influenced thoughts and behavior patterns in the here and now. Hope therapy appears to differ from this by focusing more on simply learning to change mindset, without much examination of what caused negative mindset in the past.

People who are facing personal and emotional conflicts, it is not that everything is lost for them. There is HOPE for them, they can also leave beautiful and happy life if some goal is set for them and with proper mental training they start exerting to reach the goal. The Hope Therapy Center (HTC) is a place where disheartened people may find healing and an opportunity to talk with a trained pastoral psychotherapist.

Hopelessness can also affect physical health. People who are not optimistic about their health or about their medical treatment are more likely to remain sick, more likely to report high levels of pain, and less likely to see an improvement in their overall health. Some mental health practitioners, aware of the role hope plays, encourage clients to work on thinking positively about life developments and finding things to be hopeful about. Many mental health professionals believe that hope is an indispensable key to happiness and that people cannot be happy without hope.

Hope therapy will be very much active and successful if this therapy is done along with Yoga exercise with Pranayama & Meditation under the guide line of some expert.

Help taken from:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-hope-therapy.htm
http://www.hopetherapycenter.com/index.html
http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/what-is-hope

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Asthma Risk ‘rises in menopause’

Women who are going through the menopause have a higher risk of developing respiratory diseases such as asthma, researchers say.

Researchers looked at women’s breathing

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In a study of more than 1,200 women, those who had not had a period in the past six months had worse lung function and more respiratory symptoms.

The findings, thought to be due to the effects of falling oestrogen levels, were most pronounced in thin women.

The study is published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

An international team of researchers measured lung function and asked questions about respiratory health.

They also measured hormone levels in the women who were aged between 45 and 56 years.

The results were similar when the analysis was limited to women who had never smoked.

Weight

Women with a body mass index lower than 23 had four times the risk of respiratory symptoms.

Problems were also pronounced in women who were overweight.

Although oestrogen is reduced in all women following menopause, thinner women have the lowest amounts, the researchers said.

At the menopause, the fat cells become the main source of oestrogen, and those who have more fat cells will have higher levels of the hormone, which seems to protect the lungs.

But in very overweight women, it appears that the protective effects of oestrogen are outweighed by other factors.

Dr Francisco Gomez Real, from the University of Bergen, Norway, said: “Clinicians should be aware of increased asthma risk and lower lung function in women reaching menopause.

“These problems appeared to be less pronounced among women with a BMI of 25.”

Dr Victoria King, research development manager at Asthma UK, said: “Research is beginning to show a link between menopause and asthma however it is too early to say exactly how menopause affects asthma symptoms and who is likely to be affected.
What is interesting about this study is that it supports previous findings which show that the effect the menopause may have on lung function is greater in lean women that have a lower body mass index.

“We do know that some women find that their asthma gets worse when they are in a period of hormonal change so it is important to keep an eye on your asthma at these times and discuss any problems you have with your doctor or asthma nurse specialist.”

Sources: BBC NEWS 24th. Dec’07