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Dr. DeFoore's Healing Anger Newsletter entitled "Gratitude Blocks Toxic Emotion"
December 15, 2022

Gratitude Blocks Toxic Emotions
And Leads To Better Decision Making

December 15, 2022
Healing Anger Newsletter, Issue #175

Contents of this newsletter

Positive Journaling Blocks Anger

Research by Dr. Rick Hanson has demonstrated that gratitude can actually block toxic emotions such as anger, resentment, and anxiety.

While it might be hard to practice gratitude while you're angry, it is a good exercise most of the time when you're feeling upset. You just don't want the anger to take over and dominate your mind and close your good heart.

Let's look a little closer at how this works:

  • Anger, irritability, and frustration activate chemicals in your bloodstream that have a cascading effect, building on each other.

  • When you begin shifting your mind in the direction of what you are grateful for, what you appreciate, and what you're looking forward to, you begin to deactivate these chemical processes.

  • The longer you remain in the positive emotional state, the more your body begins to relax, activating a sense of well-being. If there is action to be taken, you're in much better shape to make good choices.

  • This is Goodfinding and emotional intelligence in action.

Think of it this way...

Your brain doesn't know how to maintain both and angry focus and a grateful focus at the same time.

William DeFoore

Start a daily positive journaling process, and you will probably find that your anger will begin to subside. You have nothing to lose in this, and everything to gain.


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