SHELF AWARE BOOK REVIEW
Learned Hopefulness by Dr. Dan Tomasulo
Learned Hopefulness: The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression by Dan Tomasulo Cultivate hope with strengths-based practices grounded in positive psychology
Published by New Harbinger Publications on June 1, 2020
If you suffer from depression, sub-clinical depression, or low mood, you may have days where you feel like you’ve lost hope—hope that you’ll ever feel better, that the world will be a better place, or that you’ll someday find the happiness that always seems to elude you. You aren’t alone. Many people struggle with feelings of sadness and hopelessness—especially in our difficult, modern world. The good news is that you can change.
Learned Hopefulness offers powerful exercises grounded in evidence-based positive psychology to help you identify your strengths; ditch the self-limiting beliefs that diminish your capacity for positivity; and increase feelings of motivation, resiliency, and wellness. You’ll also learn to untangle yourself from rumination over past negative events, while shifting your perspective to the present moment and anticipating your future through a more positive lens.
With this unique, compassionate, and life-affirming guide, you’ll find the tools you need to break free from hopelessness and start living a life of happiness and vitality.
Cultivate hope with strengths-based practices grounded in positive psychology
Dr. Tomasulo has written a compassionate and practical guide on how to develop hope. If you didn’t develop these skills in childhood (who did?) this is the book you need! Dan breaks hope down into seven practices that anyone can learn. Based in Positive Psychology and from his years as a psychologist, the techniques he shares in this book have helped hundreds of people. Warning: this is not a “just think happy thoughts” kind of book nor does it ask you to ignore reality. You will have to *do* the exercises he gives in order for it to change your life.
Dan’s book couldn’t have come at a better time. This is the perfect book if you’re having trouble with your own thoughts or you want to develop a mental wellness self-care practice.
I really think he should be handing this book out on streetcorners: who couldn’t use the skills to hope right now?
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