The title probably reads absurd. Let’s be happy? No thanks; we don’t need any more of that pseudotherapy-cum-spiritualism rubbish.
Before you dismiss the proposition entirely, just sit and reflect for a while. Chances are, in the hectic rush of your cutting-edge life, you haven’t asked yourself that question. On introspection, you’ll find a potentially disturbing truth, you’re not really happy at all.
You’re not alone in this dilemma. A recent WHO report finds that there are 350 million adults worldwide who suffer from some form of depression. The report further points out the scarcity of effective treatment for depressive symptoms, stating that the number of cases where the patient actually received medical care is less than 10% in most countries.
Much of this is due to the social stigma attached to depression. However, research has shown that in 80% of cases, depression is curable.
It doesn’t have to be as major as a prolonged psychological illness. Most of us wouldn’t exactly fit into the therapist’s category of chronic depressive, but we still feel sad from time to time. Or rather, we find it difficult to be elated. So here’s a list of the number of things you can do this new year to keep yourself happy.
- The most foolproof method of recovering your inner jubilation. There’s nothing that gives us a fresh lease of life than travel. Whether it is a prolonged vacation or just a weekend tour, travel can perk you up like nothing else. Go check out the various websites dedicated to travel, and plan a vacation before you have time to think of the reasons you should say no.
- Social work
- People usually think of social work as charity, as something that improves life for underprivileged people. But non-profit social work can be immensely fulfilling for you as well. Whether it is helping out at an old-age home, or buying breakfast for kids at an orphanage, you’d be surprised how far helping others can go towards helping you.
- Spending time with family and friends
- When was the last time you addressed a few words to your spouse/children/mother/father that wasn’t strictly utilitarian? Take some time out to be together with your loved ones. It doesn’t take much effort, but often the initiative is missing. A long chat with an old friend or a simple candlelight dinner with your spouse can brighten up the perspective on your entire life.
- Ask for help
- If you think the anxiety and stress is something you can’t handle by yourself, don’t hesitate to secure professional help. There are numerous web resources that guide you to an appropriate therapist. There is absolutely nothing wrong with going to see a therapist.
January 26th 2016, written by Benjamin Roussey for bodono.
Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the US Navy. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship. He has an MBA in Global Management from the Univ. of Phoenix (2006) where he attributes his writing prowess. He has worked everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, and also for public agencies. He has lived in Korea and Saudi Arabia where he was an ESL instructor. He misses Saudi food and living in Korea. Benjamin has a tremendous work ethic and is quite focused. Now he writes professionally for several clients that covers one sector of our economy to another. Currently he lives in the Phoenix area after living in Cabo San Lucas, MX for 3 years. He enjoys sports, movies, reading, and current events when he is not working online: www.infinista.com.