For those with clinical depression, every day can seem like a daunting mountain that needs climbing. If you suffer from depression, it is my hope that you can not only climb the mountain daily, but really rejoice when you get to the top. Keeping a list of affirmations on hand like this one from Therese Borchard of Sanity Break can help you make the most of each day.
1. You are valued even when you’re not productive.
2. You are loved despite your sadness. Continue reading
This isn’t the first time I’ve touched upon the incredible happiness smiling can bring, but it’s a topic worth revisiting every day!
Today I fell upon a TED Talk posted by Louisa Jewell of Positive Matters that I’m excited to share with you. In it, Ron Gutman likens smiling to a superpower that studies have shown can confer a variety of health benefits, from reducing the effects of mild-to-moderate depression, to increasing life expectancy and lowering blood pressure. In fact, according to Gutman, “Smiling stimulates our brain reward mechanism in a way that even chocolate, a well regarded pleasure inducer, cannot match.”
At roughly seven minutes in length, this video is the perfect lunch break (or any break!) pick-me-up.
Here’s a link to the video as presented on TED’s website with a full transcript of Gutman’s talk.
Today, make an effort to take inventory of the good that surrounds you rather than the bad. Take a moment to reflect on what you’re thankful for. If you’re still feeling down, “fake it till you make it” by smiling anyway. You might be surprised by how your mood improves!
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Don’t Allow Anyone to Knock You Down!
“Somehow we learn who we really are and then live that decision.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Unfortunately, way too many people learned that they were something that they are not- and then they learned to live with that decision. Continue reading
Do you know the difference between true intimacy and the fantasy bond? Many people confuse the fantasy bond with true intimacy. Although these two styles of relating may appear similar to outsiders looking in, they are indeed very different. Continue reading