More and more, scientific studies have pointed out that negative mindsets can have a deleterious influence on everything from health, to aging patterns, to personal longevity. In fact, one of the fastest growing areas of medical research measures the impact of positive and negative emotions on the immune system. Too often, we are unconscious of the ways we operate, both in our own thinking and our own interactions with others. In this class we will focus on the our negative roadblocks that get in the way of our health and well-being by exploring the stories that we tell ourselves, examining inaccurate concepts, and learning new ways we can remain centered and unstressed even in the midst of upheaval. We will concentrate on the “tapes” of our self-talk, and root out stress-causing and debilitative thinking using cognitive behavior techniques.