Believing Things Will Work Out For The Best Makes People Less Likely To Take Control Of Their Future

If everything is going well, it’s easy to get comfortable. A new study shows when people believe things will work out for the best it makes them less likely to take control of their future. Harvard University and University of California, Berkeley researchers analyzed a study in which participants were asked about political topics, and what they thought would happen with each topic in the future. The results showed when they believed things regarding a topic would improve on its own made them less likely to take action. Lead study author Ted Rogers says, “It often seems that partisans believe they are so correct that others will eventually come to see the obviousness of their correctness. Ironically, our findings indicate that this belief in a favorable future may diminish the likelihood that people will take action to ensure that the favorable future becomes reality.” (Daily Mail