Exploring the Concept and Experience of Hope – Empirical Findings and the Virtuous Circle of Hope

  • Andreas M. KrafftEmail author
  • Andreas M. Walker
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 72)


This chapter is dedicated to give an overview over the main findings of 6 years of the Hope-Barometer in Switzerland and Germany. The first results suggest that hope is mainly focused on one’s own private life and that economic, political and social domains are less relevant in terms of personal hope. Furthermore, hope as perceived by the public seems to be something different to dispositional hope with regard to self-centered, cognitive, relational, emotional, altruistic and spiritual-religious dimensions. Eudaimonic domains of well-being, such as personal health, family bonds, harmony in life, good social relations, meaning in life, altruistic behavior and in a special way also spiritual-religious experiences result in a virtuous circle of hope, in which the principle sources of hope are at the same time the most valued targets of hope, mutually reinforcing each other. Studies supporting the positive role of hope with regard to positive relations, positive feelings, physical and psychological health, and in consequence, its value for a happy and fulfilling life will be presented.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Systemic Management and Public GovernanceUniversity of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.SwissfutureLucerneSwitzerland

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