This blog post is taken from my book Golden Nuggets, and it’s a good reminder that we all need to have a reason to hope.

I’m always skeptical when I read about “undocumented experiments,” but they make nice illustrations whether or not they’re true.

Supposedly, scientists performed an experiment by dropping rats, one by one, into a jar of water that had been placed in total darkness.

The rats would last about 3 minutes before they’d give up and drown.

The next thing they did was to drop rats into a jar of water… but instead of placing them in total darkness, the researchers allowed a ray of light to shine on the jar.

These rats kept swimming for an average of 36 hours… which was more than 700 times longer than the ones in total darkness.

The conclusion was that “A glimmer of hope can provide immense motivation.”

With this in mind, make sure you have a reason to hope; but more importantly, make sure you give others a reason to hope.