It’s estimated that 15 – 20 million people will suffer from depression this holiday season. However, cancer researcher Michael Barry believes his research on negative emotions holds the key to finding a cure for holiday depression.
There are many reasons for emotional stress, but Dr. Barry says,
“We are faced with a plethora of issues, from financial stress, difficult situations with family members and overall depression that can be caused by a number of factors—from missing a loved one and feeling alone to being overwhelmed and fighting inadequacy.”
According to his new book, The Forgiveness Project, forgiveness — of family members, friends, co-workers or others will help us to let go of the negative feelings that might plague us at the holidays. He says, “It is a known fact that stressful emotions can wreak havoc on our immune systems and make it harder for us to ward off disease. The constant stress that bitterness, anger and resentment can cause makes our bodies produce stress hormones. These hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, raise blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar levels, and reduce the production of natural killer cells—the “foot soldiers” in the fight against diseases like cancer.”
It’s good to understand the dangers of holiday depression, but when it happens to you, what can you do about it?
My answer is simple, but effective; give your emotions, negative feelings and bitterness up to God by praying a prayer like:
I don’t have the power to let go of my negative emotions, feelings and bitterness, but I choose to let go, and ask for your supernatural power to help me let go. I choose to forgive the people who have hurt me, not through my power but yours. I give all up to you.
In Jesus name,
You may have to pray this prayer numerous times, but as you do, you will be one of the blessed who are finding a cure for holiday depression.
This very powerful YouTube video will, in the last journal words of Mary Karen Read, killed by a gunman at Virginia Tech, give you the motivation you need to finally let go of your bitterness so that you can really live.
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