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Celebrate Every Day to Boost Your Mental Health

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Celebrating is fun, and it’s much more than fluff. Celebrating things big and small has a substantial impact on the brain and overall mental health. When we celebrate here and there, we experience temporary boosts in mood and mental wellbeing. When we celebrate little things in little ways as a daily habit, we make those mental health boosts long-lasting.

The act of celebrating teaches your brain to think and pay attention differently. The human brain has a built-in negativity bias that causes anxiety. It’s constantly scanning for danger, ready to activate the flight-or-fight (stress) response at a moment’s notice1. While designed to keep us safe, if we don’t purposely override it, it makes us prone to anxiety, depression, and overall reduced mental health. The human brain, however, is also able to learn and adapt throughout life (this is known as neuroplasticity). Not only that, it’s hard-wired to learn to override its own negativity bias.

When we celebrate something, anything, the brain responds with a flurry of chemical activity2. Cortisol and other stress-related neurotransmitters are replaced by feel-good hormones such as oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins. Celebrating, no matter how we do it, is a reward in and of itself that teaches the brain to notice and respond to positive things in our lives rather than constantly gravitating to the negative. Find little reasons to celebrate daily, and spend a few moments in celebration throughout your day, enjoying something simple to boost your mental health.

Sources

Marano, H.E. (2015, June). Our brain’s negative bias. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200306/our-brains-negative-bias

Glaser, J.E. (2015, December). Celebration time. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/conversational-intelligence/201512/celebration-time

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Today's Question: Research shows celebrating everyday can boost your mental health. What little reasons do you have to celebrate, and how do you do it? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2022, March 1). Celebrate Every Day to Boost Your Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, July 3 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/celebrate-every-day-to-boost-your-mental-health

Last Updated: March 1, 2022
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