I read the article, and have seen similar suggestions in other books etc. They all sound good, but sometimes it's difficult to initiate when you're feeling sad about an event in your life such as the death of a close loved relative or a diagnosis of a disease that mkay cause you to have a shortened life span or undergo tests, and treatments that have uncomfortable side effects. What ifs can be a protective mechanism against the curves that life throws us. e.g. What if I became sick and need help with daily routines, or other situations? You handle the what ifs by taking steps to solve the problems before they occur. Rather than mask the symptoms of sadness i would rather uncover its causes, and find ways to deal with them.
I love these ideas! Sometimes, a smile in the right direction really can change the day!
But as someone with bipolar disorder, I will say that doing positive things can make me feel better. But I can always tell when I am having one of my downswings and not just a blue mood because faking it doesn't make me feel better, it makes me feel tired, and thus more bad moody.
In the summer, working in the garden, especially picking flowers and blueberries that I grew, instantly lifts my mood. I try to head into the garden every day. Seeing the changes in nature and spotting a hummingbird or other wildlife is an instant mood booster!
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