Research shows that a positive outlook acts as a protection against depression, even for people who have the genes, brain chemistry, or life situations that put them at risk for developing it. The opposite is also true: People who tend to think more negatively may be more at risk for developing depression.
We can’t control our genes, brain chemistry, or some of the other things that contribute to depression. But we do have control over how we see situations and how we cope. Making an effort to think positively — like believing there’s a way around any problem — helps ward off depression. So does developing coping skills and a support system of positive relationships. These things help build resilience (the quality that helps people bounce back and do well, even in difficult situations).
So, as you go about with your family and friends this festive season, try very hard to call a friend, a family member or a Neighbour to check up on them. Don’t go about the usual ‘How are you’ but ask deep questions to see if they are stable and okay because a lot go through a lot of depression but tend to smile because of ego!. Check up on someone today! By the way, how are you and hope you are not depressed?
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