I’m Anamay McCabe, CEO and Director of Happinesswatchersbox.com.
Happinesswatchersbox.com was born with the intention to promote the power and healing effects of positive words on our overall sense of well-being. Living with PTSD, depression and anxiety in my late teens and in my early twenties left me feeling isolated and emotionally paralysed. At the time, I was surrounded by people unable to give me the emotional comfort I desperately needed. My doctor prescribed anti-depression meds to relieve my psychological and emotional pain, but the side effects exacerbated my condition.
Realising my environment was not a source of positive support, I knew I needed to surround myself with words that were comforting and uplifting. Using stick-it notes, I started copying down inspirational quotes and positive affirmations written by influential people and from books I’ve read and stuck them on the wall next to my mirror where I can see them first thing in the morning. These inspirational words were instrumental in keeping me focused on positive things every day. They were my source of emotional support and reading them elevated my emotions when I was down in the dumps.
Drawing on positive words, inspirational quotes and affirmations gave me the courage and strength to face each day. The words were so powerful they spoke to me, even rooting for me, and reassuring me everything will be ok.
Today I still experience bouts of anxiety from time to time, but, I’ve filled my home and office with positive words that uplifts my heart, draws on my inner strength, reminds me to be grateful everyday, and, to focus on things that creates meaning in my life. These are my source of real happiness.