Grief is the normal reaction and response to loss. The loss can be due to a death, divorce, loss of a job, loss of custody of a child, or anything involving the separation of the individual from someone or something important to them. Often, when we think of grief, we only think of death, but the loss of a relationship can feel exactly like death to many people.
It can be quite scary and alarming to watch someone in the deepest throes of profound grief. Often, people will become almost paralyzed with uncertainty about how to help, or what is normal. Sometimes, normal grief can become “complicated grief” in which grief becomes debilitating and does not improve over time. In complicated grief, painful emotions are so long lasting and severe that a person cannot accept the loss and resume their life.
On the flip side, many times a grieving person will hide away the true extent of their suffering. The people around them may not know how much pain they are in, and how much support they really need.
I’ve started noticing more and more happiness movements popping up recently, so I decided to compile a few of my favorites to share with you! Here are 6 happiness movements everyone should know about:
1. 365 Grateful Project – A documentary about the extraordinary power of gratitude has turned into a global movement. In an effort to fight depression, Hailey decided to take one Polaroid photo a day of something she felt grateful for. Hailey posted her project on flickr and gradually others began to do their own versions of the 365 Grateful project.
2. You Are Beautiful – Matthew Hoffman started the You Are Beautiful project by creating stickers that say “you are beautiful” on them. The movement has grown in the past decade from just 100 stickers to a half million stickers posted around the globe. He sends anyone…
Well, many of you have readmy story, and several have left bits and pieces of your story on the “What’s Your Story” page. Now that I’ve been at this blogging business for a couple months, I’m learning some things from fellow bloggers and building up the courage to try out some of those new things!
Ever since I started this blog I knew I wanted to get others involved and hear the stories of those who have also traveled down this, at times, heart wrenching path of mental/emotional wellness. I want to hear all your stories! Whether you have struggled with mental illness yourself, contemplated or attempted suicide, are a survivor of suicide, have had to deal with grief, or if you have supported someone else as they struggle with grief or mental illness.
We’ve all read the tragic stories of people committing suicide in front of a host of online “social network” friends. Sometimes, the online friends don’t take the threat seriously. Sometimes they have no idea where the person lives, or how to help them.
I think we are all aware of how much more open people can be with complete strangers, they may be much more likely to reach out to you and express their true feelings than they would their real life family and friends. Be prepared. I’ve done the grunt work for you, compiling a list of the most popular social networks with links on reporting suicidal content. Please share this post with others and save it for yourself in case you need it. You might just save a life!