Gratitude is defined by the Encarta Dictionary as "a feeling of being thankful to somebody for doing something". It can also mean that we are grateful for anything that we receive. Research on happiness shows that when we have gratitude for life’s blessings, no matter how small, we become more positive and optimistic. We focus on what we have instead of what we don’t. Our stress is lower. The good in our lives can replace ruminating about our troubles. Try listing the things that you are grateful for each day - it will put a smile on your face!
Causes of Depression
It was surprising to see how people responded to our question about the biggest cause of their depression. In my experience it seems popular for individuals to say that their depression is caused by a "chemical imbalance" in their brains. The largest number of our respondents in our poll said that trauma, death of a loved one or stress brought it on.
Trauma is indeed a cause of depression. The most severe version of can be Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Stress or anxiety can lead to depression because of the dysfunctional or distorted thinking that often accompanies both.
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