Sadness is almost an epidemic these days, and it’s destroying lives. Sadness leads to addiction, overdoses, suicides, and more, and even just being sad and feeling aimless can take you too soon. People who feel a sense of purpose in life have a 15% lower rate of premature death — just from feeling they have something to live for. Even if you are struggling you can work to cultivate a strong sense of purpose and possibly even turn your life around.
Stress and trauma lead to fear of failure, a decreased ability to weather uncertainty, a disruption in your life’s path, and eventually longer term depression, anxiety, and problems sleeping, Over time these stressors can literally eat away at your body, causing long-term damage. But even if you have been through serious trauma it’s possible to work through it and turn yourself around.