Resilient people proactively cultivate positive emotions like humor, gratitude and optimism. You don’t even have to find anything to be grateful for. The simple act of looking for the positive decreases the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Just looking for something to appreciate increases serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good neurochemicals in most antidepressants.
What makes great relationships withstand the test of time? Resilience. Life offers couples all sorts of challenges, not to mention those everyday bumps in the road and stressors that can take their toll on a relationship.
In a world where emotions aren’t really taught in school, full of consumerism and competition, we’re constantly made to feel we are lacking and that we need to strive for more in order to achieve “true” happiness. But gratitude actually affects the brain at a neurological level. Being grateful increases the feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin. In fact, just searching for things to be grateful for has this effect.
As a life-long Texan and someone who has friends and family living in and around Houston, including my Mom, I can’t begin to tell you how heart breaking it has been to see and hear about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey that has occurred over the last few days. As millions of people begin…
Feeling unhappy, frustrated, or just plain stuck in your personal or professional life? There’s a way out, and it’s easier than you might think. Watch this quick video and learn how a shift in perspective and “How you talk to yourself about yourself” can change everything!