What does “hope” mean to you?

What comes to mind when you hear the word hope?  For me, hope is many things.  Hope is a person. She is the main character in my book Rescuing Hope.  She was my best friend in college, who introduced me to my husband. Hope is also something you hang onto when all appears lost. It is a feeling that keeps you going. Those are definitions courtesy of yours truly, but what do the experts say hope is? Hope is defined as, the state which promotes the desire of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one's life or in the world [...]