Monday, April 4, 2016

Antidote for Worry and Anxiety

Studies have shown that the emotion of fear and a perspective of gratitude cannot exist simultaneously in the brain, worry and anxiety simply being forms of fear. The person ‘fears’ something may happen that is unwanted or that something wanted may not happen. Either way, worry and anxiety do not increase the likelihood of success. They are more likely to ‘downshift’ the brain, focusing the brain’s considerable energy and attention toward lower brain areas, especially the stress responses (e.g., flight-flight) housed in the reptilian or first brain layer. Therefore, some are calling an attitude of gratitude an antidote for worry and anxiety. More tomorrow.

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