“People who believe they have the power to exercise some measure of control over their lives are healthier, more effective and more successful than those who lack faith in their ability to effect changes in their lives.”
Albert Bandura, Psychologist
This is true. If you believe that you have control over your life, over the choices that you make for your career, relationships, hobbies, physical/mental health, etc., you will actually have more control over these things. On the contrary, if you think you don’t have control, that your life is pre-determined by your genes, biology, environment, mystical forces, or a combination of these, you will never feel like your life is your own and you will be at higher risk for developing mental health problems like depression and anxiety. A major factor in depression is hopelessness, the belief that there is nothing you can do to make things better in your life. Even if you have had tragedy from things out of your control (difficult upbringing, natural disasters), you do have control over how you react to and cope with these events, which makes all the difference in your ability to overcome them and to build a life you can enjoy and be proud of.
(Originally appeared on Examiner.com)