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Recently I was listening to someone on the radio retell a story about a man who was in a deep depression. It was so deep he felt completely hopeless. None of his friends or family could help him or cheer him up. He was practically suicidal.
Then someone suggested something seemingly out of context for him. They suggested he think about those people who made an impact on his life. Anyone who helped him along life's path. This man started thinking and wrote a letter to one of his elementary teachers. She was special in how she introduced him to the arts and gave him an appreciation for them. He sent that letter off in the mail.
Then he wrote another letter and another. By the time he was done thinking about all the people who had effected his life in some way, shape, or form, he had written 500 letters. That's a lot of letters!
When he was finished writing, guess what?? Not only had he gotten out of the depression, he was also invigorated and full of hope. Another by-product of that was 500 other people were touched too, including the now elderly teacher.
So the next time you find yourself in a funk or someone you know is in a funk, try a non-medicated answer to the solution. Gratitude. It is better than anything else out there and it has no side effects!
The ancient book and best seller of all time sums it up like this:
"A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing..." Proverbs 17:22
May you be happy and joyful today.
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