Hope can get mistaken for a lot of other things, like optimism, wish making, and even denial. While being positive and looking on the bright side are both excellent qualities, they make up only half the hope story and are not synonymous or interchangeable with hope.
In 2008, Duane Bidwell, PhD, associate professor of practical theology at Claremont School of Theology, studied hope among chronically ill children. In an article on CNN.com, he clarified the significant difference between hoping and wishing. Wishing encourages passivity, whereas hope signifies an active stance. "Wishing is the fantasy that everything is going to turn out okay. Hoping is actually showing up for the hard work."
So glass-half-full perceptions are helpful, but how do we complete or increase our hope quotient and get ready for the active hard work we want to do?