How Hope Helps You Heal

The story I shared earlier this week about the therapeutic benefits of music, led me to think more deeply about what we can do to remain healthy.

Why, I wondered, are some people crushed by adversity, illness, and disappointment, while others survive? What is the invisible thread that holds them together, while others fall apart?

The answer, according to Dr. Jerome E. Groopman, is hope.

Groopman, who is well-known for his research on blood disease, cancer, and AIDS, writes in his book, “The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail In The Face Of Illness”, that “hope is the heart of healing”.

Groopman explains how he learned that healing is about a lot more than what the statistics say about a patient’s odds of surviving a serious illness such as cancer. His experience shows that the emotional and spiritual experience of hope, is a vital part of the physical healing process.

Although the book was published back in 2003; its message is timeless:

“For those who have hope, it may help some live longer; and it will help all to live better”.

The book is available in both traditional and digital formats from your local library, or from retailers such as

The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail In The Face Of Illness

Dr. Jerome E. Groopman

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:

Wellness & Alternative Therapies, Blog: Living With Breast Cancer

Mayo Clinic:

Resilience: Build Skills To Endure Hardship

*Share your stories about hope and health in the comments section below.


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