Getting older can take a toll on hopefulness. By now, we’re no strangers to pain and suffering. Sometimes it’s a challenge to remain upbeat, but it can be done.
According to Paula Davis-Laack, hopeful people share four core beliefs:
1. the future will be better
2. they have (some) power to affect their futures
3. there are many paths to their goals
4. they believe in their ability to overcome obstacles.
What if you don’t believe any or all of those things? You can change. There’s science behind the strategy of fake it til you make it. Personally, I went from being pathologically shy to a gregarious public speaker; a person can change by acting as if she believes. And the change can be more far-reaching than you’d expect.
According to Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist who wrote Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, it’s possible to change your brain such that your future generations’ brains will be affected. I recommend his book, but in the meantime, here’s a list of Dr. Amen’s 100 Do’s and Don’ts for optimal brain function and health.
One of the pleasures of my older age is developing the ability to control my thought patterns and moods. Have you discovered this too?