Category Archives: Changing Your Thinking

246. Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you want. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?  Be thankful that you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.  Be thankful for difficult … Continue reading

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242. Changing Your Focus

When we are depressed or otherwise in darkness, our mind, emotions, and will are all focused on us. I knew this in depression and knew that focusing on myself almost exclusively was not healthy. This self-centeredness persisted until I finally … Continue reading

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241. Mindfulness

Living in the past is a contributor to depression. Living in the future is a contributor to anxiety. Mindfulness is the act of experiencing life in the present moment. We were good at mindfulness when we were children, swinging at … Continue reading

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240. Five Traits that can Cause Depression

The twenty-first century is starting to be called the age of melancholy, that is, feeling down or being downright depressed. It is well understood that traumatic events can cause depression; just look at the soldiers returning from Afghanistan. A less … Continue reading

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238. The Major Cause of Stress and Depression

A study by psychologists at the University of Liverpool – the biggest of its kind in the UK –  has found that traumatic life events were the single biggest determinant of anxiety and depression, followed by a family history of … Continue reading

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218. Stay Away from the Surface

The surface of life is fraught with anxiety, hardships, pressures, and grief. There may be a great war in the Middle-East, you may owe more on your house than it is worth, the pressure to get things done my be … Continue reading

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216. On the Head of a Pin

This comes from a posting by Bruce Kramer, a person afflicted with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. His writing offers hope for those suffering with a debilitating disease and for those of us finding our way out of dark places. The elevator … Continue reading

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215. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy comes up often as a treatment for anxiety and depression, as well as other unpleasant conditions of the psyche, but what exactly is it?  Stephanie Larsen, a psychotherapy provider, provides her definition of CBT below. Cognitive behavioral … Continue reading

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212. The Serenity Prayer

This is probably not an unfamiliar prayer to many of you. I’m posting it on my site to ask you to read it with more than a cursory glance. There is great wisdom in it for those of you who … Continue reading

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209. The Great “Yes”

Those of us who have lived with fears, anxiety, and depression are well aware of all the “no” circumstances and situations in life. “No, you will never get another job.” “No, you will never escape this depression.” “No, your anxiety … Continue reading

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