St. Paul once wrote the following: "we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." We often don't think in this direction. It's not the way that modern society has taught us to think. Things are supposed to be easy - right? You can even buy a big red button that you press to make things instantly easy. It turns out that St. Paul was right. We can learn from our difficulties because they can help us to have a stronger character. How are you developing your character today?
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?
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Which of the following best describes your use of sunlight to help treat your depression?
I try to avoid getting sunlight.
I don't consciously use sunlight to help me.
I try to get 30 minutes of sunlight every day.
I get as much sunlight as I can.
I use bright light therapy (a "light box") in the winter
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