Brain Activation of Depressed Vs. Non-Depressed Individuals

The amygdala in the brain is responsible for the release of chemical  feelings of sadness and anger. As helping people experience positive  emotions, the promotion of wellness and health are influenced.

Cognitive  positive emotional contribution leads to positive outcomes. This style of well-being and wellness is located in the prefrontal cortex.

By using  memories from positive experiences is one way to alleviate stress and promote a healthy lifestyle.

The figure displayed shows the level of brain  activity of a depressed and non-depressed individual.

In the absence of  positive feelings the brain of the depressed individual is less functional.

The goal is to increase positive performance by focusing on positive moments. This can be done by engaging in daily activities associated with positive outcomes such as running, walking, meditation, or yoga. People  are reminded that they have access to joy even in the most difficult times.

After all, it is difficult to be sad when performing such activities. The more optimistic you are, the more you allow yourself to develop a positive sense of self.