Early health psychology research showed that being more optimistic than pessimistic you are more likely to change  your behaviors.

If you think you can never do something – like stop smoking, exercise more, have more joy in life, then you will  likely not take any action to make a change towards what you want.  Makes sense. If we believe we will fail, that nothing  we do will make a difference then we are more likely to not take any action to change. 

In health psychology terms we feel helpless/hopeless.   Yet what if you could shift your thinking, make simple changes, would life feel more positive?

The above image is something I shared when I taught grad students at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies).

  I am offering a new 2 week program exploring how our thoughts affect our cells and practices that support making change.  It starts on Wed.  May 8. Check it out.