ASSET#40:Positive Viewof PersonalFuture
Youth are morelikely to grow uphealthy whenthey areoptimistic about their personal future.
What Are Assets?
Assets are40 values,experiences, and qualities that helpkids succeed.“
Positive view of personal future” is one of four positive-identity assets.
* Based on Search Institutesurveys of 217,277 6th- to12th-grade youth throughout theUnited States during the1999–2000 school year.
iktor Frankl is a man whocould have lost all hope.
During World WarII,Frankl wasimprisoned in the Nazi concentrationcamp atAuschwitz.His father,mother, brother,and wife all died in Auschwitz orsimilarcamps.Butafterliving throughthree degrading years oftorture,Franklwas released atthe end ofthe war.Frankl wrote
Man’s Search forMeaning
based on his experience.In thatbook,hetells whyhe continued to be optimisticaboutthe future despite the horrible,inhuman conditions he lived in.His bookcontinues to provide a source of hope forpeople in difficult,seeminglyhopelesssituations.His words ofwisdom include:
“There is nothing in the world,I venture tosay,thatwould so effectivelyhelp one tosurvive even the worstconditions,as theknowledge thatthere is meaning in one’s life.”•“He [orshe] who has a
to live forcan bearwith almostany
.”• “Everything can be taken from a [person] butone thing:the lastofthe human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in anygiven setof circumstances,to choose one’s own way.” Although veryfewifanyofus will everexperience the horrifying life ofaconcentration camp,Frankl’s experiencereveals the importance ofhope.An optimistic,hopeful attitude gives children the courage to venture forward,to make plans,to dream,andto live with the beliefthattheycan accomplishtheirdreams.
T hr ee wa y s t o hel p y ou r chi l d becomemor e o pt i mi st i c a bou t t he f u t u r e:
R ea ct posi t i v el y when y ou r chi l d t el l s y ou her or hi s d r ea ms— noma t t er how f a r -f et ched or u nr ea cha bl e t he y ma y seem.T o g et her choose one wa y t o ma k ea d r ea m a r ea l i t y .
P oi nt ou t ho pef u l si g ns t ha t y ou see when y ou ’ r e ou t a nd a bou t ,wa t chi n g t he t el ev i si on or a mov i e , or r ea d i n g t he news pa per .E ncou r a g e y ou r chi l d t o d o t hesa me. One f a mi l y cl i ps a r t i cl esa bou t g ood t hi n g s peo pl e a r ed oi n g t o i m pr ov e t he wor l d .
T hi nk a bou t y ou r own ho pe a nd ma na g e y ou r own ment a l hea l t h.Y ou ’ l l be a r ol e mod el f or y ou r chi l d .
Easy Ways to Build Assets for and with Your Child
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AReason to Hope
Think and Do
At home focus on solutions instead of problems.Identify areas of hope in difficult situations. Be creative, adjust, and be flexible as you create new ways to deal with old problems.
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