Optimists thrive even during the most challenging times. Explore how to apply the science and magic of optimism to your life.



A global pandemic. Racial tension. Record unemployment. Economic hardship. Social Isolation. And the most divisive election campaign in living memory. It would be a comical understatement to say that 2020 has been a challenging year for most people. What is there to be optimistic about?

In the face of so much difficulty, it is much easier to take the cynical view. Why bother to try and fix anything? Nothing you do will make a difference, right? But the easy path does not lead to success or happiness. The path to success and wellness demands optimism.

Contemporary research shows that optimists enjoy higher levels of mental health than their “realist” companions. Practicing optimism can protect you from fatigue and depression. It can improve pain management and even support the functioning of your immune and cardiovascular systems.

This course will take you on a three-month journey through the science of optimism and explain why people who practice optimism are happier and have more successful careers and relationships than their peers.

Through conversation, simple artistic exercises (no prior experience necessary) and effective habit-building tools, we will help you establish your own healthy and sustainable optimism practice. So that whatever is in store for us through the end of 2020 and into 2021, you will have the mindsets and the skillsets to navigate it with grace and equanimity.

Build your optimism practice by:

  1. Changing the way we respond to things that happen to us.
  2. Asking “What else is possible?” when we meet disappointments.
  3. Practicing gratitude as a way to build resilience.

This course is being offered in partnership with the GCC Best Center

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