Depression, anxiety, fear and all such negative emotions are infamously known to have a captive effect which renders a person stuck into a vicious cycle. It‘s very hard to get out of such feelings immediately because they hamper the cognitive abilities and does not let positive ideas and imaginations reach our mind. We tend to look more at what can go wrong rather than looking at the opportunities to help us emerge triumphant.
The flip-side tells us that happiness and positive emotional learning also has a strong effect of its own which provides resilience to depression and negativity overall. When we keep ourselves attentive to positivity and think about bright ideas, we automatically get the energy to break free from our troubles, especially if they are only in our heads. We try to work on new endeavors and apply ourselves better to achieve goals. So the key to keep your life moving and adding to the portfolio of your achievements it is vital to stay jocund and jovial.
This is not only a popular idea among laypeople but it is being researched upon by the neuro-scientists to figure out how this phenomenon exactly works. A recent research article from the scientists of Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Northwestern University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, USA, encompasses similar study conducted on mice.
This article named, Positive Emotional Learning Induces Resilience to Depression: A Role for NMDA Receptor-mediated Synaptic Plasticity, is published in the journal Current Neuropharmacology.