Helping Others Can Help Your Depression

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healthHealth.com published an article on January 2 about a novel treatment for depression; helping other people. The article suggests that recent research shows that “positive activity interventions” can be an “effective and low-cost treatment” for depression.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor at UC Riverside, reported that she and her colleagues found a great deal of support for the idea that people with depression are able to help themselves by introducing more positivity into their daily lives. Some of the kinds of “positive activity interventions” mentioned included showing kindness to others, expressing gratitude, being optimistic, and thinking of the good things in life. Lyubomirsky suggested that “not only can being positive improve your mood, it can develop into a self-sustaining upward spiral. ”

Researchers are still figuring out ways to implement positive thoughts and actions into treatment plans for people with depression, but encouraged those who want to improve their mood to find things that work for them through trying lots of things. The Internet has made finding volunteer opportunities easier than ever. Some of our favorite pages include www.idealist.org, www.volunteermatch.org, and www.catchafire.org.

Families for Depression Awareness has a lot of volunteer opportunities available, especially with our upcoming event, Strides Against Stigma! If you’d like to introduce more positivity into your daily life, consider volunteering with us! Fill out a Strides volunteer form and we’ll get you started!

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