Gratitude and Depression: Celebrating Small Achievements

Merely Me Health Guide
  • Well...we have made it to Friday!  This is an event worth celebrating.


    Which brings me to today's life skills exercise:


    When was the last time you celebrated something?  We tend to think of big events as the time to celebrate like graduations, weddings, or birthdays.  But why not celebrate the little things in life too?  When you are depressed it may be the last thing on your mind to think of celebrations.  But what I am talking about is not some big party with an elvis impersonator (although that would be fun).  I am talking about upping the ante for joy, fun, and gratitude by celebrating small achievements or even daily life events. 

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    What things can you celebrate?


    That you have survived this day, that it is a beautiful summer day, or that you completed all your chores and errands. 


    How can you celebrate?  This is where you can get creative.


    Buy yourself some flowers, take a bubble bath, listen to some new music, dance, bake a cake....anything which brings you joy.


    If there is nothing good going on...sometimes you have to create that good for yourself.  Give yourself something to look forward to.


    My question for you today is...


    1. What would you like to celebrate and how will you do it?


    In addition I would like to know about your week...


    2.  On a scale of one to ten how would you rate this week in terms of your mood?


    3.  What was the best part of this week?


    4.  What obstacles did you encounter to feeling good this week?


    I really hope you all have a good weekend.  This summer seems never ending.  I am really looking forward to Fall myself. 


    Wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate the support that you are giving to each other and all the new members who come to the site.  And you have also given me support when I have needed it and I just wanted to say thank you.  I am very proud of our community here.



Published On: August 13, 2010