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The Power Of Gratitude

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The Power Of GratitudeNeuroscience research reveals that gratitude helps when feeling blue. The most important question to ask yourself is “What am I grateful for?” Gratitude is good because it affects your brain on a biological level. It boosts neurotransmitter dopamine which is what medication Wellbutrin does. Gratitude also increases serotonin as does Prozac. Who knew?

Another powerful effect of thinking about what you are grateful for is that it makes you focus on positive things about your life. Life can be harsh and sometimes it is hard to think of good things or things you feel grateful for. Apparently, even if you can’t think of anything, just thinking about gratitude and searching for the answer is good enough.

Expressing gratitude to people you love makes for better relationships. Better relationships and closer connections also make your brain happier.

But there are times when bad feelings are so intense that it is really hard to deal with them, let alone find something you are grateful for. Still and again, search for something or someone you feel grateful to and for.  It will take you out of the darkness and negativity may be even for a little while.

Gratitude has been one of the most spoken and taught rituals in spiritual practices. I suggest to all my clients to start the day thinking about what they are grateful for and mentally list what you are thankful at the end of your day when going to bed at night.

Let us try and practice daily gratitude.

Eight Signs Your Significant Other Is Experiencing Depression

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Sometimes in the course of a relationship one partner or another can become depressed. This is usually not an on and off switch, it can happen gradually and over time if unnoticed, can become quite severe and pronounced. Many factors can lead to depression, such as genetics, major disappointment, loss, trauma, rejection, self esteem issues among many factors. These are the signs that your loved one may be depressed.

Your significant other is often tired and does not want to engage in activities you used to enjoy together, that were a lot of fun for the two of you. A typical excuse is tiredness, “not now”, etc.

  1. There is a tendency to either sleep more then usually or not much at all. Changes in sleep patterns are a major sign of depression or that something is wrong. It is important to pay attention to this.
  2. Your partner is loosing weight and generally does not have much appetite. There is generally no interest in food, in buying it or preparing it and certainly not eating.
  3. Your partner is unusually quiet and generally withdrawn socially and even just with just you. There definitely is no desire to do things with other people.
  4. When you are engaged in some activities that were usually fun, there is no pleasure. Nothing is fun or joyful.
  5. There is definitely diminished or none-existing sex drive. There is every excuse to avoid sex or physical intimacy of any kind.
  6. Your loved one looks sad and down all the time.
  7. There is general negative and very pessimistic outlook on life. There is a feeling of doom and gloom.

It is very hard to know how to handle your loved one being depressed. There is a tendency to blame one self, which is mostly not the case. Several important things to consider is that this usually does not last for ever but does need to be attended to. Depression can not be taken lightly and if it does not get better with your love, encouragement and time, you need to seek professional help.