Learned Hopefulness – An Interview with Dr. Dan Tomasulo
What an honor to talk to Dr. DanTomasulo, the author of “Learned Hopefulness: The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression”. His book is incredibly inspiring and is designed to help anyone struggling with depression or perhaps simply feeling overwhelmed in life to find a way out.
He defines “Hopefulness” as a verb – meaning that we shouldn’t just sit back and wait for things to get better or not. Sitting back and just waiting is fate. Hopefulness requires proactive behavior: What can I DO to make a change? This book is loaded with tools and techniques to make that change. You don’t need to be a coach, psychologist, or neuroscientist to understand how to use these techniques. This book is written “for the man on the street”, and he makes it possible for anyone to help themselves. Although – as a coach and expert in the fields of positive psychology and resiliency – this book is a must for anyone helping someone else make the changes they want to have in their lives. In this interview, “Dr. Dan” talks about the power of positivity and positive emotions, the prism approach to gaining a different perspective on the situations, the importance of making positive emotional deposits, the hierarchy of hope, and some of the most recent research on depression and optimism that has stemmed from the Covid-19 pandemic.