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Depression Waterworks: It’s Worth Crying About

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Depression Waterworks

Crying was not only acceptable in the home I grew up in, it was encouraged. I come from a family of cryers.











I can still hear my mother say after crying "I haven't had a good cry for long time. That was wonderful!" You would think she had just devoured a chocolate brownie!

I cry easily about a lot of different things. And when something strikes me really hard, like a remembered sorrow, I sometimes can't stop crying for a long time. But oh the relief! The burden purged. The sorrow expressed. The tears leave their tranquilizing magic over my body and I sense a wonderful cleansing from the release of so much emotion.

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Depression’s Secret Weapon: Part Five

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Depression's Secret Weapon

 Don't you just love the way children laugh? They hold nothing back. They are so free! FREE is not a word we associate with depression, but if you decide to add laughter to your medicine chest, then for a moment or two, you can be as free as this child.

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Depression’s Secret Weapon: Part Four

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Depression's Secret Weapon


Oh this is such fun. Just talking about laughter makes me feel better, at least while I am doing it.

If you haven't laughed yet today, you better go here first to the American's Funniest Home Videos site and watch for awhile.

Now for a little scientific talk on why laughing is so medicinal. Here are a few pieces of information which I gleaned from an article on Naturalnews. The article is based on a book 'The Five Habits of Health Transformation' by Mike Adams.

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Depression’s Secret Weapon: Part Three

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Depression's Secret Weapon



Bet you didn't know horses can laugh, did you? Okay, so I think we probably all agree that it is fun to laugh. Laughing is universal.

But maybe if you are reading this and you are one of the many who suffer from depression, you are wondering if laughing isn't a little pointless. I mean, what difference is it really going to make in the long run?

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Depression’s Secret Weapon: Part Two

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Depression's Secret Weapon


Laughing guy closeup

The secret's out! Laughter is depression's secret weapon which you have already discovered if you ready yesterday's post.

You may as well get started benefitting from this wonderful free weapon. Go ahead and laugh! If you need a little assistance, maybe you would like to look at a couple of silly YouTube sites and see if you can resist laughing. Try 'babies laughing' for starters.

Bill Cosby said: "Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it." Do you agree with Bill Cosby?

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Depression’s Secret Weapon: Part One

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Depression's Secret Weapon



To finish up my series about favorite getaways, I re-posting my very first series for this blog, about not only my favorite getaway, but my favorite thing ever – LAUGHTER!

Can you imagine that there is something you have been doing all of your life, that you could do right now if you wanted to and it would give you a much needed break from your depression? What is it? Laughing! That's right – laughter is depression's secret weapon.

What makes you laugh? Who do you laugh most with? Who makes you laugh by just thinking about them?

Thinking about the Smothers Brothers or Tim Conway gets me started laughing right away. In case you are a lot younger than me, they were the Jerry Seinfeld and Ray Romano of my day.

The person I laugh the most with is my sister. We have been laughing together for over 60 years! I don't think anyone else finds us that funny but we are each other's best audience. We can laugh at the stupidest things or at nothing at all. Do you have someone like that?

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“Seams Fitting”

This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series Whimsical Wednesday

sewing-machineIt is ‘Whimsical Wednesday’ where I chat about something light and airy and unimportant!

I love some of the names that people choose for their businesses. This week on one of my various walks around various small towns I found two interesting seamstresses with a sense of humour. One called her business “Seams Fitting” and the other “Sew What!” I do get a kick out those sorts of things.

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I Laughed Today!

Laughing guy closeup

Everyone loves laughing, even babies. I have written a lot about laughter already in a five part series “Depression’s Secret Weapon”. I encourage you to read that sometime.

Today I was reminded once again how much laughter can make a difference, and not just for the moment we are laughing. We just had some new friends for lunch after church and she especially loved to laugh. We shared some good stories and since they are new friends, they hadn’t heard our stories before and we hadn’t heard theirs. It was fun and we laughed a lot! What great therapy!

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Depression and Relationships:When Harry Met Sally

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Depression and Relationships


Did you see it? The movie? When it came out it was just another romantic comedy but over the years it has raised up quite a following. There are some memorable scenes (the restaurant orgasm) and delightful lines.

It is about a couple who meet one another when they are both involved with someone else. As college students they take a car trip across country together merely for financial convenience and get to know each other quite well and say goodbye, thinking nothing of their relationship. They bump into each other over the years and finally ten years later, when they are both going through a break-up they become good friends – the most unlikely good friends since they are so different.

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How to De-stress Your Christmas Shopping List

De-stress your Christmas shopping list? Sounds good to me. I don't enjoy any kind of shopping but at Christmas it is even more stressful for me. However, my least stressful store is a bookstore. Somehow my mood levels out and a feeling of contentment washes over me. This is a picture of our leading Canadian bookstore where I have spent many happy hours.

de-stress Christmas shopping

Are you ready to de-stress your Christmas shopping yet? Because if you still need a couple of ideas, I kind of had some fun in our local bookstore and found some things that you may want to add to your list, especially if you are Canadian!

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