March 3rd is “I Want You to Be Happy Day”. It’s an important day to “pay it forward” to help you get out of depression. You may recall the movie with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. Trevor, the young boy in the story, wants to make a difference in the world and help others unconditionally.
Young Trevor is given a challenging homework assignment from his teacher. The assignment is to think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor comes up with the idea of paying a favor forward–repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good to someone else.
The only expectation is that the person who receives the help, pay it forward to three strangers. The pay it forward idea creates a revolution of good in the lives of his family, and in the whole town to complete strangers.
This may not seem easy if you’re dealing with depression.
If you go to work everyday yet hiding how you feel vulnerable, sad and with little energy, like you can’t get anything done right, and that you are worthless; then you may suffer from mild depression or moderate depression.
This was me not too long ago, but I found a natural treatment for depression (lots of therapy and no meds) and was able to get through it.
More importantly, I developed some life-long self help depression skills to prevent a relapse.
My perspective on “I Want You to Be Happy Day” is the more good we share, the better we feel.
I suggest finding ways to help make you happy, and if you already happy, make you happier.
If you are going through a difficult time in your life, find a way to smile about something. That simple action actually releases feel-good endorphins.
Do this by first shifting the focus of your attention from yourself to others.
A random act of kindness makes a huge impact on someone else. That act alone will make you valued.
The person who receives your unconditional gift, whatever it is, will value you for who you are, not for your money, not for what you have, nor for how you look, but really for your heart.
I know this isn’t easy, especially if you are dealing with depression. When I was depressed I felt like I didn’t matter, but the reality is that I *did* matter, and I just had to see and feel it.
That is one of the signs of depression.
You matter too! You do make a difference in this world. You just need to see and feel it as well.
This is one the biggest lessons I learned in overcoming depression.
By making a small shift in my beliefs about myself, I was able to bring more positive thoughts and beliefs in and finally beat depression. I just have to remember them because it’s very easy relapse into old familiar habits.
Here are three things you can do to be happy, pay it forward, and get out of the depression blues. I will make it easy for you.
1. The next time you go to lunch, buy a meal to go and give it to someone in need, anyone you see on the street.
2. When you are at the supermarket check out, look around for someone who may need help out with his or her groceries, and help them.
3. Offer to pay for the latte of the next person in line.
Give it a try! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
If you want to learn more about how to stop depression and how to avoid the mistakes I made which also kept me depressed then click here now.