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WHAT IS YOUR HAPPINESS? HAPPINESS & DEPRESSION BY LISA CYPERS KAMEN

By Lisa Cypers Kamen

It may be hard to get through depression, but remember that most sadness is temporary. As the saying goes, “This too shall pass.” There are ways to overcome common depression. If you find yourself unable to shake the average “blues” lasting more than two weeks, seek professional help. For the average gal and guy:

1.     You can control your thoughts and emotions, even if you don’t think it is possible.

2.     You can develop interests and participate in activities. They will contribute to your overall well being and happiness. Not only that, but they give satisfaction, help make you feel good about yourself, and keep your mind off problems and negative thoughts and emotions.

There are three main kinds of beneficial interests and activities: pleasurable, constructive, and altruistic. Pleasurable activities give us enjoyment. Constructive activities produce or accomplish something and give a sense of pride. Altruistic activities give companionship, gratitude from other people, and a sense of pride.

3. You can keep a positive attitude. Happy people experience failure, disappointment and rejection, just like depressed people. But happy people keep a positive attitude by gracefully accepting sadness and suffering as normal parts of life, while doing what they can about their problems.

4.     Ask yourself if you have realistic expectations. Reexamine your expectations or priorities in life and, if necessary, adjust them. Depressed people often think they can’t be happy without certain things, such as a lover, material possessions, a nicer house or car, a much higher income, etc.

5.     Develop friendships and relationships. Good social skills and a good network of friendships ranging from casual to intimate help prevent depression after life stresses. Happy people generally have several very close friends and a number of other friends, some closer than others, with whom they can share different activities.

Independent filmmaker, author, happiness coach and speaker Lisa Cypers Kamen creates these blogs to entertain, enlighten and educate us as we each undertake our own personal search for happiness.  Happiness is an Inside Job. To contact Lisa, email her directly at lisa@whatisyourhappiness.com and check out her websites at www.whatisyourhappiness.com & www.harvestinghappiness.com .

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