Gratitude, Depression, and Making a difference in a others lives

Merely Me Health Guide
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    Hi everybody!

     

    Happy Wednesday to you.

     

    I am trying a new feature of presenting a little factoid which can possibly help with your depression.

     

    So did you know about "The George Bailey Effect?"

     

    I was reading my Mental Floss magazine and I ran across this little blurb at the bottom of one of the pages which made me take pause.

     

    Everyone is surely aware of the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart which plays almost as often as "A Christmas Story" during the holiday season.  Stewart plays a suicidal man named George Bailey who is extremely down on his luck.  But then he sees what life would have been like had he never been born.  This glimpse into how he does make difference in the world makes all the difference in his spirit and will to go on.

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    The George Bailey effect, as reported about in a 2008 USA Today article, is the result of research which found that:

     

    ...if you imagine the absence of those good things you normally take for granted, your brain will be suprised, and you may come to realize how good things really are.

     

    Basically it is all about gratitude. 

     

    Does this work?  I don't know...let's try it.  Imagine yourself as George Bailey or I guess as Shrek (did you see the latest Shrek movie?...maybe that version should have been called It's a Wonderful Shrek Life.)  Now think of all the good things that would not be if you never existed.

     

    Yeah for example...my children would not exist.  Not sure what would have happened to my mother if I had not lived with her.  And I would not be writing and this post...in some alternate universe would not exist.  *poof*

     

    I have always been more fond the A Christmas Carol movie with the three ghosts of past, present and future.  That one always makes me grateful and also the whos in whoville, especially little tiny sue who, who was no more than two.

     

    So...let's not wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas to feel gratitude.  For example I can feel grateful that it will not be 110 instead of just 100 degrees today.  :>)

     

    What are your thoughts?  Could the George Bailey effect help you?  Inquiring minds want to know.

     

     

Published On: July 07, 2010