Science of hope subject of first Teachers College lecture at Emporia State University

March 27, 2013

Hopeful thoughts and behavior are crucial for well-being and success, regardless of income level or IQ, according to Dr. Shane Lopez, a positive psychologist and the world’s preeminent expert on hope. Lopez, a Gallup senior scientist and business professor at The University of Kansas, shares the findings from his new book when he delivers the inaugural lecture in The Teachers College Lecture Series at Emporia State University on Monday, April 1.

“Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others” (Atria Hardcover, $26) was published in early March as a blueprint for using the power of hope in every area of life and communicating that hope to others.

Nearly all students in Grades 5 through 12 — 95 percent — say it is likely they will have a better life than their parents. In a separate Gallup poll, however, half of U.S. adults age 18 and older say they doubt today’s youth will have a better life than their parents.

Lopez, the chief architect of the Gallup Student Poll, which measures the hope of hundreds of thousands of students each year to determine how hope drives well-being and achievement, has found that a group of typical high-hope students scores a letter grade better on a final exam than their low-hope peers. In another example, a group of high-hope salespeople sells as much product in six days as their low-hope colleagues do in seven days.

Copies of “Making Hope Happen” are for sale now in the Memorial Union Bookstore on the Emporia State University campus. Lopez will speak at 7 p.m., Monday, April 1, in Webb Hall of the Memorial Union. The lecture is free. A book signing is scheduled after the lecture, and books will be available for purchase.

In addition, representatives of nearly two dozen private and public Kansas schools are attending the lecture and will receive complimentary copies of the books signed by Lopez. Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University, and Carol Strickland, executive director of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, will assist Lopez in handing books to the school representatives.

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