The things I usually do for fun just aren’t fun anymore
It’s ironic but totally healthy that we mark our nation’s independence with a celebration of dictatorship, interdependence, and e pluribus unum.
Though I started watching the Academy Awards when I was a little kid, I don’t know if I ever enjoyed it. Looking at the experience through the lens of well-being and depression, I think it reveals a lot about how judgment makes us enjoy things less.
Avoiding Taxing Situations
The ultimate penalty for avoiding taxes is prison. The penalty for growing the list of things we avoid is a prison of our own making.
After fifty-two consecutive Mondays of posting ideas for moving from depression to well-being, last week I found myself caught up in an internal struggle. I decided not to post. There’s a laundry list of reasons for taking breaks (and a few reasons to proceed with caution when we’re depressed).
If your depression seems resistant to the usual therapies, Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin may have a novel cure for you: bibliotherapy.
Awe can be a powerful antidote to the apathy that arises from depression. Here are some ideas for finding it right outside your door.
Shortly after you were born, your mother had a shocking conversation with her doctor about your unusual sleep habits.
Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. But, like any holiday, the very anticipation that makes it a treat can also trick us.
“There is no right or wrong, no good or bad, when it comes to values. What you value is what you value—end of story!” writes Russ Harris in The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT. But, living our values can lead us either to depression or to well-being.
A Curious Path to Improved Concentration
Are you curious why concentration seems so difficult? What if it were as easy as binge-watching TV? An easy, mindful approach to improving concentration.
A quote from anthropologist Helen Fisher got me thinking about how sex impacts our well-being and depression. “I don’t think, honestly, we’re an animal that was built to be happy; we are an animal that was built to reproduce. I think the happiness we find, we make.”
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s character Lysander says, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” How well we negotiate relationships can mean the difference between depression and well-being. Susan Piver’s new book The Four Noble Truths of Love helps us navigate that course.
An underrated aspect of depression is a prevailing sense that life is meaningless. When used the right way, this key insight can lead to mental well-being, inner peace, and outward empathy.