Eleven years ago, Rhonda Byrne wrote a book called The Secret and the rest of the world cupped its ears to hear its wise whisper. Celebrities, followed by the general public, began toting the book around and waxing poetic about its life-changing powers. Even Oprah got misty-eyed on TV about its powers. While all the hype made The Secret seem like a complex, almost religious work, the premise was simple: Visualize what you want in life, and the universe will make it happen.
Sure, the concept of manifestation sounds like an idealized, new-age hippie hack, but it is a seriously powerful way of looking at yourself and the world. And, yes, it can actually "change your life"—or at least your perception of it, which is tremendously impactful. That's not just wishful thinking: A study by Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory, found that positive thinking builds personal resources like creativity and emotions and allows one to build new skills. A 2016 study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that optimism leads to longer life expectancy.
The best part about manifestation? Anyone can do it. Below, we show you how.