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Why am I depressed?

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When we feel down and ask ourselves, “Why am I depressed?”, there unfortunately isn’t always a clear answer. Depression is different to sadness. When we feel sad we can often pinpoint why we feel sad. It could be due to losing something we love dearly or we might feel sad after a disagreement with a friend. Depression is different. There …

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Why is happiness elusive?

Apparently, we have never had it so good. We have a higher standard of living than ever before. More people have access to education and medical treatment that previously. We also have better food, better housing conditions, imporved sanitation, career opportunities etc, yet people today don’t seem very happy. Why is happiness elusive? Human unhappiness doesn’t seem to be decreasing, …

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How to choose a partner wisely

The way our parents treated us has a huge impact upon the partners we choose later on in adult life. We don’t fall in love with those who care for us in an ideal way, we fall in love with those that care for us in familiar ways. If we were neglected or emotionally deprived as children, we often tend …

Dealing with disappointment

Disappointment is a part of life so getting used to it and knowing how to deal with it can help immensely. Dealing with disappointment comes in many forms – there’s minor disappointment when your local shop has run out of your favourite item. There’s more serious disappointment when the person you trusted and committed lets you down and/or deceives you. …

Don’t give away your power

Don’t give away your power, it will weaken you over time. How do we give away our power? We do it without even realising it many times. Others want us to do things their way. They try manipulation. This can come in the form of bribery or in a more insiduous manner – emotional blackmail. When we relent and give …

Depression – the black dog

    Depression – the black dog Depression is sometimes referred to as the “black dog” and I wanted to share a very good video clip on this subject. It explains depression well and shows just how debilitating it can be for someone who is experiencing depression:   Mandy X

How to help ease symptoms of depression

How to help ease symptoms of depression Behavioural Activation and the Cycle of Depression When people are depressed they can feel physically tired and lack motivation which might make them stop doing things they used to enjoy. They may also end up neglecting their daily tasks. Initially when we avoid things, we feel relief; we kick back and relax which …

Surviving Loss: You always have a choice

    Surviving Loss: You always have a choice When you lose something important it can really knock you for six and change your ‘landscape’ immediately. Illness, death, the end of a relationship…there are many surprises that life sends all of us. I have been through experiences that have left long lasting impressions. At the time, the pain felt unbearable, …

Getting back to happy

  Getting back to happy Getting back to happy can be tough when life has dealt you a tough blow. At times it can seem as if the world is against you and nothing is going right. Just remember though, that one good thing about change is that it brings about fresh, new responses and attitudes. You can’t stay down …

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The quickest routes to unhappiness

  The quickest routes to unhappiness We can often be our own worst enemies, engaging in behaviours that lead us down routes to unhappiness. Here are the most common ways that we end up unhappy: Overthinking The more time you have to worry endlessly about something, the more likely you are to feel unhappy. Rumination tends to lead us to …