As technology advances and our lives become seemingly easier, depression and anxiety have become more prevalent than ever. More and more people feel unsatisfied in their jobs and unhappy in their relationships. We want bigger homes, nicer cars, slimmer bodies and more money. No matter what we have, there always seems to be more that we want in the hope that it will enable us to feel better. As a consumerist society, happiness will always elude us.
Globally, depression is growing at an alarming rate. It is estimated that 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression, and the number of people diagnosed with depression increases by approximately 20% every year.
There are many factors that can contribute to our unhappiness. Unemployment, divorce, gender-related issues, old age, failing finances and poor health can all contribute to an unhappy life. Does this mean that circumstances beyond our control are preventing us from living a happy and satisfying life? Definitely not! Science has proven that what we do and how we think on a daily basis can have a significant impact on our happiness levels.
About six months ago, I started writing a book which so far has a working title called "THE HAPPINESS PROJECT". The idea for the book came about one day when I was writing my own list of things that I felt I needed to do on a regular basis to help keep myself positive and optimistic. It had then occurred to me that I needed to share these twenty-one principles with others in the hope that it would also help others cope with whatever mental health issues or mood disorders they were faced with.
Most of our problems tend to stem from our negative thoughts about the present, past and future, as well as certain lifestyle factors. Eating too many processed foods, spending too much time indoors, failing to nurture close relationships, allowing stress to accumulate and not making enough time for ourselves, are just some of the things that can contribute to our increased feelings of depression and anxiety.
There's plenty that we can do that doesn't involve prescription medication or spending hours on a psychologist's couch. If my book can help even just ONE person to feel happier and more optimistic, then I'm happy to say that I've achieved my goal in making a difference.
Here's a excerpt from my new book...
We often unconsciously and unwittingly become caught up in our daily roles. Whether you’re a mother, a father, a schoolteacher or a business owner, no matter what roles we play in life, there are certain responsibilities we need to take on. If you are a mother, you are most likely the one responsible for making sure your kids don’t go to school hungry or that they have completed their homework. As an employee, there are specific responsibilities you must carry out and roles you must fulfill in order to keep your job, and therefore continue to pay your bills. For the vast majority of people, life can often be described as a boring, monotonous repeat of yesterday.