This week a study was published in Nature basically supporting what we Catholic Christians have known for a very long time. The researchers state that if positive memories are re-activated neurologically positive effects occur, namely a reversal of stress-induced depression. Might I add that this reversal effect probably also includes diminishing the sister feelings arising from resentment and bitterness, two emotions that if chronically ruminated on can lead to this type of depression.
St. Paul explicitly tells us that we are to think about whatever is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. This includes finding those things in our selves and our memories.
We often attempt to get psychologically and spiritually well by focusing on bad memories and “working through them.” We would do better to find the good, thank God who blessed us with those goods, and build upon them so that the future will hold more of those goods. From that place coming to peace with the remembered hurts is much easier.
The source of the research study is found at the end of this summary link:
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