One of my favorite psychology professors, Rick Snyder, passed away a few days ago from cancer. Professor Snyder taught a class called "Individual differences" and wrote an interesting book about hope. Before coming to his class, I would sit through other lectures and learn about all the things that can go wrong with people’s minds. It was wonderful to come to his class and have the opportunity to focus on what was right. Over the last few months, I have thought a lot about the things he talked about while dealing with my patients who were in pain. He taught us (and did experiments to prove) that we are able to tolerate pain better if we have hope. Thanks to him, I know the importance of keeping my patient’s spirits high and not letting them give up hope. He will be greatly missed.