I have talked to a lot of people lately that have told me they are feeling a little down. I understand that feeling “down” is not necessarily depression, but can be the beginnings of a road most would prefer to avoid. These conversations got me thinking about the best way to beat the doldrums and pull oneself out of a funk.
Often times when we feel down we spend too much time focusing on ourselves. Stop and reflect back on your last bout with the blues (not depression, that is an entirely different conversation) and think about how much of your thoughts focus on your feelings, your desires, your mood, your problems.
I have a challenge: the next time you are feeling down, do something charitable for someone in need.
If you do not like an outcome, then change the actions that produced said undesirable outcome.
Instead of moping around, lying on the couch and watching 47 straight hours of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, go volunteer your Saturday at the local soup kitchen. Go spend time at the nursing home volunteering.
As we get older we tend to fall into habits and patterns that are strongly engrained into our behavior. But as we all know behavior can be modified if we are aware and willing to work to change. So to those that have expressed feelings of the blues and unhappiness, try my suggestion.
I believe helping others is the gateway to fulfillment. After all, charity is one of the few acts that all philosophies and religions agree to be a key to fulfillment.
Change your actions, change your life!