Todd Thrash and colleagues at the College of William and Mary have found that inspiration leads to increased well-being. Their research showed that the effect does not flow in the opposite direction: well being does not lead to inspiration. This shows a causal effect: inspiration causes well being. Why? It appear that inspiration makes us feel more grateful and gives us a higher sense of purpose, and then gratitude and purpose make us feel greater well-being. From Positive Psychology News Daily: Which comes first: the inspiration or the well being? Feb 27.10
An apple a day may be good for the body, but an inspiration a day will help increase our mental and emotional health, especially if we give imaginal attention to it. That means we pause to really see a beautiful image, feel a pet’s fur as we stroke it, breathe in deeply an aroma that lifts us, feel the lightning effect of something witty. We pause to “inspire” – literally, breathe in. More great research on the ways intentional imagining can lift us out of anxiety or depression can be found at heartmath.org.
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