Impact of a Wish | Make-A-Wish Israel

IMPACT OF A WISH

For the first time ever, it has been scientifically proven that; "Wishes are changing the lives of children and teenagers with life-threatening medical conditions.

This was actually proven in a Scientific Research Study “The Make-A-Wish Impact Study”, conducted by Prof. Anat Shoshani under the supervision of Dr. Tal Ben Shahar at the Maytiv Center at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya Israel, in 2015. The study was published in medical journals and translated into 7 languages.

The study showed that the sense of actualizing a wish created a sense of hope for these children, which is in fact extremely important for the recovery and healing process during a life-threatening condition. It also demonstrated that a wish is "magical", and quite different than a goal. A goal is often obtainable, where a wish is often something out of reach for a child and feels impossible, and by achieving the impossible and having their wishes granted, these children, then come away from the wish feeling, that anything is possible, including beating their disease. 

'" wish is different from a goal or a regular aim. It is coveted, ‘‘magical,’’ and out of the ordinary. A wish is beyond mundane desires or goals that are obtainable. It is possible that wishing enabled these children to dream about something that seemed unobtainable, out of reach, and thus created an experience of
achieving the ‘impossible.’"

The effects of the Make a Wish intervention on psychiatric symptoms and health-related quality of life of children with cancer: a randomised controlled trial

Anat Shoshani, Keren Mifano, Johanna Czamanski-Cohen

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