Sometimes, communicating traditional messaging about suicide prevention is not enough. People react to communication in different ways because no two people or situations are the same. If you feel that nothing that anyone says makes a difference, consider this. Here are some scientific reasons why your life is valuable.
- Your feelings are all chemical.
According to research conducted by Elliot Schrefer, “Happiness and its opposite are both electrochemical reactions; those reactions are temporary and ineffable, and could even have hidden benefits. While the symptoms of depression, for example- lowered energy, decreased willingness to engage with others- could be an evolutionary response to a pressing need to change your life.” As Schrefer evaluated in his research, your emotions in a given moment are temporary. Not to say that your feelings, such depression, shouldn’t be taken very seriously. They are in fact true feelings. However, know that those feelings will eventually subside, even if, in the moment, it feels like you will forever be stuck with that feeling of grief.
- Your teeth were made in the stars.
Another fascinating research conducted by Schrefer states that “Except for hydrogen and helium, elements require such extraordinarily high temperatures to form that they can only be created in the stars themselves. That means all elements in you – the carbon in your skin, the calcium of your teeth – was born in the collision of atoms in a star.” This fascinating study only furthers your uniqueness as a human being. You are special, and you are extraordinary. All that you are made of comes from beyond your home, your state, your planet, your universe. You are so much more than you think, and, really, who can argue with science?
- Many creatures that live on the Earth are depending on your existence.
There are around 6.7 billion people on Earth. In our lifetime we will never meet every individual on this planet. This may cause you to feel as though not many of them care or even know much about your existence. However, according to Schrefer, there are;“1012 billion organisms or roughly a thousand times the number of people on the plant.” If you stop your existence, you stop theirs. They need you to survive in this world. Who is going to argue that a dog is a man’s or woman’s best friend because, at the end of the day, the species on this planet need you to exist to continue their lives?
- Rejection is a sign of progress.
Consider Einstein, for example, a scientific genius. But he was an outcast in his time, rejected because his brain thought differently than everyone else’s. Also, for example, Michael Jordan who didn’t make his varsity high school basketball team, and was later cut from the team. Now he is a billionaire, and one of the most well-known basketball players in the world. Rejection isn’t the end, it’s constructive criticism that can motivate you to keep going.
- Pick a leaf, and it’s all your own.
If you live in an area with a tree, go take a stroll outside and pick a leaf. Leaves are comprised of a sequence of amino acids in DNA and grow in different combinations of symmetry, and individuality. There are many leafs in the world, but this one is yours, different from all of the rest. This leaf should remind you that you are special, unique and one of a kind. Don’t forget that.
When you are born into the world, you are here for a reason, you have a purpose and a place even if you don’t know it yet. You’re going to have bad days, bad weeks, even maybe bad months but always know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.