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Learned hopefulness is the process of learning and utilizing problem-solving skills that help us feel more in control. Kudoz is all about reinforcing these skills.

A high quality life is not just one in which our physical and material needs are met, but one in which we feel good with ourselves and in control of the direction we’re heading.

Where much of the existing social science literature has focused on all the stuff that impedes our sense of control and creates a sense of helplessness, a growing set of studies looks at the kinds of ‘learning experiences’ that individuals need in order to feel ‘psychologically empowered’ meaning they have some mastery and control over their environments. Albert Bandura, the father of social psychology, outlines the kinds of learning experiences that successfully do this – observation of others, modeling behaviors, and direct doing.

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245 – 255. Zimmerman, M. A. (1990). Toward a theory of learned hopefulness: A structural model analysis of participation and empowerment. Journal of Research in Personality, 24, 71 – 86

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