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Gratitude: A Bridge to Happiness

Gratitude is defined by the Encarta Dictionary as "a feeling of being thankful to somebody for doing something". It can also mean that we are grateful for anything that we receive. Research on happiness shows that when we have gratitude for life’s blessings, no matter how small, we become more positive and optimistic. We focus on what we have instead of what we don’t. Our stress is lower. The good in our lives can replace ruminating about our troubles. Try listing the things that you are grateful for each day - it will put a smile on your face!
Weekly Help for Depression Recovery

I was really quite surprised about the results of our most recent Quick Boost Poll results. More than half of our respondents said that they didn't consciously use sunlight to help with their depression. We didn't ask why that was the case but from a few comments and my experience it probably comes down to two simple issues: 1. It is hard to get out in the sunlight when we are depressed and 2. Many people don't understand how helpful it can be.

I certainly understand how it can be hard to get outside when you are depressed. Just getting out of bed can be quite a challenge. It can also be the case that we don't live in a place where we can get sunlight year round. So why might it be important to put in the effort to get a daily dose of sunlight?   Read More »
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