In a world where 275 million people suffer from anxiety and depression, we have to wonder, what is the antidote to such crippling emotions?
According to the World Health Organization, “Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year.” and it is also the “second
leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.” Recent research in science and psychology has highlighted one leading cure for unshackling us from toxic emotions: gratitude.
A 2014 study published in Emotion, highlighted how showing appreciation opens doors to new friendships and relationships. A 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences explained how people who practice gratitude daily have reported few illnesses, aches, and pains.
A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, has produced a range of studies that highlight the clear link between gratitude and personal well-being. It is undeniable that gratitude has the power to overcome toxic emotions and toxic thinking habits, such as low self-worth and low self-esteem, envy, greed, grudges, anxiety, depression and suicidal thinking. It can be hard to pick up a habit of gratitude while you’re in a state of depression or riddled with anxiety. Picking up this practice requires consistent effort and a focus on rewiring your brain to think differently. For many, this will require a practice of discipline in ensuring negative thinking habits are overcome with appreciation and grateful thinking.
So where do you begin?
Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to begin the practice. They come in all shapes and sizes, some with specific prompts to get you thinking about past, present, and future experiences, people, places, and more. Other gratitude journals contain the same open-ended prompts daily to revisit the same thought-provoking questions from a different perspective. Another alternative to the typical gratitude journal is a manifestation journal, designed with prompts and inspirational quotes that not only engage grateful thinking but are designed to create space for your life visions in order to manifest positive thinking and create the life you were born to live.
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