Activism’s healing role during tumultuous times

Advocating for issues is good for health, in addition to shaping public agenda

Four days have passed since Donald Trump officially became President-elect and it appears that the majority of the public is shifting from the first stage of free-falling denial and isolation and beginning to cross the bridge to the next stage of grief: anger.

  For the fourth night in a row, disappointed voters came together to have their voices heard.  Exercising the first amendment is instinctively the most cathartic path forward and there is reason for this. Coming together with other disappointed voters reinforces a sense of solidarity among those who feel incongruences with all Donald Trump has said and allegedly enacted. The spirit which activism garners is politically, the wind that the Democratic Party requires, in their sails, in order to bring forth institutional change.  On a more personal level, activism may also play a role in healing.  Activism has been linked to benchmarks of positive mental wellness. As a coping response, activist engagement becomes a buffer area for anger and frustration and a place for progressive social change. Especially for the youth but also for the adults of all ages and generations, a sense of purpose, contributing to a community, empowerment, self-esteem and confidence are a few of the positive sentiments that activists attain through volunteering to a cause. 

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