Leo Bormans, author of the bestsellers The World Book of Happiness and The World Book of Love, has also plunged into international scientific research into the concept of 'hope'. “I never could have imagined how exciting this would be. I always thought that hope was something for an uncertain future, but I’ve learned that hope is a power of the here and NOW. Hopeful people are always discovering new paths and manage in a special way to remain masters of their actions. It is moreover an ability that we can all learn.” In The World Book of Hope, 100 top scientists share their expertise in this domain.

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  • EAN 9789401423601
  • Format: 19,5 cm x 25 cm
  • Integrated cover
  • 366 Pages
  • Price: €24,99

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About the book

Hoop. The World Book of Hope

Hope is the ultimate human strength and the opposite of fear. In these uncertain times, it is important that we thoroughly understand hope as a source of success, resilience and happiness. In The World Book of Hope, 100 top scientists share their expertise in this domain.

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International research has shown that 90% of the world population has a hopeful view of the future. Hope is universal, regardless of age, gender or income. The well-known psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, a survivor of the Holocaust, wrote that the last freedom that can be taken away from a person is the manner in which he or she looks at circumstances. That is the core of hope. Real hope doesn’t create false expectations but is a source of positive emotions. It allows us to see new possibilities and makes passive people active again. Hope has a healthy influence on our mental health. Hope stimulates change.  

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“Hope is a choice. Hope can be learned. Hope is infectious.”

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About the author

Leo Bormans is global "Ambassador of Happiness & Quality of Life". He is a writer and an inspirator. He has a Master’s degree in languages and philosophy and is the author of the international bestsellers The World Book of Happiness, The World Book of Love and The World Book of Hope. He is a highly sought-after keynote speaker at a number of major conferences. In addition, he advises governments, organizations, universities and managers around the world.


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“Hope is the fuel that feeds the desired action.”

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International Editions

After the worldwide success of The World Book of Happiness and The World Book of Love, author Leo Bormans has spent two years studying the scientific research on hope and meeting the most prominent experts in the field. Hope is not a luxury of the privileged few. It represents a universal psychological resource that can be found in all corners of the world. The World Book of Hope is an inspiring quest to the breadth and depth of hope. It offers a universal framework for understanding and using the most powerful tool of mankind: hope. Without hope there is no life.

This book unveils the secret power of hope in love and relationships, study and work, health and illness, education and care, freedom and prison, management and leadership, therapy and economy, youth and old age. It even shows how we can make pessimism work and how we can benefit from post-traumatic growth: one door closes, one door opens…

  • A record of worldwide scientific research on hope
  • Including a selection of ten of the world’s most hopeful projects
  • Full of inspiring examples
  • German and French rights sold
  • More than 250,000 copies sold worldwide of The World Book of Happiness
  • The World book of Happiness was translated in 12 languages: English, German, French, Korean, Slovenian, Estonian, Danish, Taiwanese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and Russian


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