Dr. Carla Marie Manly is a clinical psychologist and wellness expert who makes her home in Sonoma County, California. With a holistic, body-mind-spirit approach, Dr. Manly specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. Blending traditional psychotherapy with alternative mindfulness practices, such as yoga and meditation, Dr. Manly knows the importance of creating healthy balance, awareness, and positivity in life. Her first book, Joy From Fear, offers page after page of real-life examples, insights, easy-to-use tools, and life-changing exercises. Coining the term transformational fear, Dr. Manly illuminates the importance of embracing fear’s messages to create a life filled with freedom and lasting joy.
Gratitude is the antidote to a pessimistic, glass-half-full way of living. When we focus on the blessings that we do have—rather than what we don’t have—we naturally feel better about ourselves and our lives. If we don’t practice gratitude, we often chronically engage in external efforts to ‘find more,’ ‘do more,’ or ‘be more.’ This type of negative dynamic creates stress and anxiety that work against physical and psychological health. In essence, ‘living in gratitude’ can boost mood and an overall wellbeing in the short and long term.28 June 2021