There’s an entire industry based around the idea that we can change and improve our lives through the power of suggestion. Self-styled gurus peddle books, write advertorials and appear on TV telling us how self-hypnosis and the power of positive thought can help us to improve all aspects of our existence.

Of course actual evidence is thin on the ground, relying on largely anecdotal and subjective accounts that clearly don’t and won’t work for most people. After many years on this planet learning a plethora of hard lessons (usually the hard way!) I’ve given up wasting energy on positive thoughts, or indeed much thinking at all.

Image taken an a rally against austerity measures in the wake of capitalism screwing all but the top 1% over… again.

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