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The Stories We Tell ... Continued

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
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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