Healing Emotional Pain is Possible

Some wounds are impossible to measure. How do you quantify the number of sleepless nights or hours spent crying? While physical wounds can be seen and treated, emotional pain — especially that caused by trauma — can be challenging to repair.

KPMG: Hope Spotlight

In this series, we celebrate organizations that create hope where it’s needed most. Our first spotlight shines on KPMG LLP. A longtime collaborator with Stars of HOPE, KPMG is one of the world’s largest professional services firms. For twenty years — in fact, since our parent organization New York Says Thank You (NYSTY) was founded […]

Five Ways Art Heals Trauma Survivors

In art therapy, it’s the act of creating art that heals, as well as the act of sharing it with others.

Here are five ways that can art heal a trauma survivor:

How Can Art Help Ukraine?

Paint colors to symbolize Ukraine Flag

It seems that, at any given point in time, it’s possible to turn on the news and read about something terrible happening on the other side of the world. Recently, the news has been dominated by the war in Ukraine, and it’s been heartbreaking to see such unnecessary horrors unfolding in our time. At Stars […]

The 5 Stages of HOPE

Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was the psychiatrist who gave the world its most famous psychological model of grief: the five stages we all go through after a loss – anger, denial, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. While there exists debate within the psychological community as to how many stages the process of grief consists of, there’s are […]

How to Talk to Your Kid About Mass Tragedies

The last few years have brought changes in the world that most adults never thought we’d see in our lifetimes. We can only imagine how scary it must be to be a kid right now. Mass shootings in their schools. A global pandemic. A war in Europe. What can we tell them about what’s happening? […]

The HOPE Bank: How donating hope is like donating blood

Did you know that we all have two different kinds of hearts? Just as your physical heart pumps blood through your body, your emotional heart sends your feelings throughout the world. Where the physical heart needs blood, the emotional heart runs on hope. Everybody knows the process of donating blood. But fewer people know what […]

You Will Laugh Again

This blog deals with depression and suicide. If you or someone you know is in need of immediate assistance, help is available here. The world is badly in need of reasons to hope. As we write these words in March of 2022, we are two years into a global pandemic that has claimed the lives […]

Hope for Doomscrollers

It’s not an “empathy deficit”—it’s emotional exhaustion. Here’s how to recognize the signs and heal them in yourself and others.

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