I’m Anamay McCabe, CEO and Director of Happinesswatchersbox.com.
Living with PTSD, depression and anxiety in my late teens and in my twenties left me feeling isolated and emotionally paralysed. At the time, I was surrounded by people unable to give me the emotional support I desperately needed. My doctor prescribed anti-depression meds to relieve my psychological and emotional pain, but the side effects exacerbated my anxiety and depression. I decided to seek professional help which provided great psychological tools however, I didn’t always have $180 to spend on 1hr of counselling.
Realising my environment was not a source of positive support, I knew I needed to surround myself with positive words ASAP! 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 comfort and reading them elevated my emotions when I was down in the dumps.
What I’ve learned through personal experiences and studies in psychology is that life is never lived in the absence of emotional pain and challenges. It is not humanly possible to go through life without loses and sadness…these are part of our humanly existence and growth, thus, is, inevitable. With that said, research shows positive words correlates with happier people, and, happier people tend to have better health, relationships, are more optimistic and live longer than pessimistic people. Positive words and positive affirmations produce positive emotions and have the power to uplift people’s lives and spirit, thus, increasing our overall sense of well-being.
Drawing on positive words, inspirational quotes and positive affirmations in my darkest hours comforted and gave me strength. 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 spirit, draws on my inner strength and reminds me to be grateful and focus on things that creates meaning in my life. These are my real of happiness and so happinesswatchersbox.com was born.