Monday, 13 June 2022

The Power of Hope


In 1950, doctors Curt Richter and John Hopkins did a series of experiments using water, buckets, and rats. The result was truly shocking.

Experiment One: Richter put the rats in the buckets and filled them halfway with water. Although they are good swimmers, the rats drowned after about 15 minutes.

Experiment two: They repeated the above process and, just as the rats were about to give up from exhaustion, the researchers took them out of the bucket, dried them off, and let them rest for a few minutes. They put them back in the bucket for the second round. On this second try, how long do you think the rats lasted?

Another 15 minutes?

10 minutes? 5?

No! 60 hours!

You read correctly, they were swimming for 60 hours!

It's because the rats believed that eventually someone would rescue them, so they used all their energy to keep swimming and avoid death.

Think about it: If hope got rats to swim for 60 hours, imagine the effect beliefs can have on yourself.

“Hope is knowing how to see the light despite being surrounded by darkness”

Source: Quora

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