Learned Hopefulness

Building a Better Tomorrow

What is hope and why is it so important? Hopefulness can be learnt and as a natural phenomenon, with effective techniques and evidence-based strategies, cultivating more hope has the power to overcome mental and emotional challenges. During this 5-week course with Dr. Dan Tomasulo you will learn how to harness the power of positivity to overcome depression, increase motivation, and build unshakeable resilience.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Create a more positive outlook for the future with practical tools to overcome limiting beliefs.
  • Learn how to cultivate the skill of hope essential for success in all areas of life.
  • Manage negative thoughts and reduce rumination about the past with powerful techniques from positive psychology.
  • Shift your perspective about challenging and uncertain situations and experiences.
  • Transform any feelings of hopelessness into hopefulness and tap into it like a superpower.

About Host

Dr. Dan Tomasulo

Dr. Dan Tomasulo

Counseling Psychologist, Author, Professor & Academic Director at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute

Dr. Dan Tomasulo is a counseling psychologist, writer, and professor, with a clinical specialization in psychodrama and sociometry, and an academic specialization in intellectual disabilities. Author and co-author of numerous books, Dan is also an award-winning lecturer and the Academic Director at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Columbia University in New York. Dan's passion is Positive Psychology. While traditional psychology focuses on our weaknesses, positive psychology focuses on our strengths, cultivating our best selves so we can lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Course Outline

Everyday Psychology Short Course
Week 1
What is Hope, and Why is it So Important? Can I Have More?

An introduction and overview of the five myths about hope and how the new science of hope is changing how we can more directly benefit from it. This week focuses on the myths surrounding hope, what we thought it was, how it really works, and what you can do to make hope happen in your life. The lessons will show how the new science of positive psychology has learned to harness hope's unique power to transform our expectations.

Everyday Psychology Short Course
Week 2
High Hope Vs. Low Hope People

Hope's ability to affect our lives is wide-ranging. It can directly affect our immune system, happiness, work performance, relationships, achievement, and much more. Some people know how to use hope better than others, and their lives are richly improved. What is it that we can learn from these High Hope people, and how can we begin to use this knowledge immediately to improve our own lives? This week starts looking at the differences between high and low-hope people, the decisions that make their lives better, and the principles you can learn to think like them.

Everyday Psychology Short Course
Week 3
Positive Vs. Negative Thinking: Generating Hope

A decision not to change is a decision to remain the same. We've learned about High Hope people that they are making decisions on how they choose to see the world. These decisions affect how they perceive the future, understand how to change the present, and even experience the past. Learn the power behind shifting your perspective to change what you expect and improve what you believe is possible.

Everyday Psychology Short Course
Week 4
The Hierarchy of Hope

Hope isn't random; it favors those who believe hope is possible. Just as anything else develops, hope has a pattern, and each stage of this pattern can be nurtured if you know what to look for.

Everyday Psychology Short Course
Week 5
Hope is a State of Mind: Combining Well-Being with Well-Doing

What does it take to feel hope regularly in your life? Science has learned from those who have successful and thriving lives based on learned hopefulness. This week's lesson is about putting a plan together to get, stay, and live a life filled with hope and greater well-being.


Dip your toe into the science of hope with Dr. Dan’s master class, where he briefly describes ways for you to change your perception of the past, engage more deeply in the present, and influence your future.

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