For the last two days, when someone has asked me how my day has been I have been experimenting with encouraging myself to recollect positive feelings and events instead of negative ones. For example: Yesterday I spoke to a student that I teach, and was touched by his interest and curiosity about the course material; today I sat on a bench in the sunshine: watching the leaves fall, smelling autumn on the breeze, and savoring the change of seasons. What positive experiences are you engaging in today?
By India Court MacWeeney
Better Sleep, Less Depression
It was no surprise to see the results of this popular Quick Boost poll. Only about 16% of our respondents reported that they sleep well for seven to nine hours a night. Poor sleep is both a cause of depression and a result.
Seventy-two percent of our poll respondents said that they had trouble falling asleep, that they woke up during the night and couldn't get back to sleep or had a combination of the two. These are very common problems as our poll results show.
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