New Activities May Combat Depression


ENGAGE IN NEW ACTIVITIES TO REDUCE DEPRESSION
Many people look change their life circumstances when they begin to feel overwhelmed and depressed.  While this instinctively makes sense, research suggests that factors related to happiness are 50% genetic, 10% from our life circumstances and 40% determined by our day-to-day activities.  Knowing this suggests that we should focus more attention on changing our day-to-day activities to combat depression than to change our circumstances.

The Theory of Sustainable Happiness supports this assertion, suggesting that one way to increase and maintain happiness while reducing depression is to channel our energy into new activities rather than seeking improvement in life circumstances.  Initial studies of students found that students who had recently engaged in a new activity felt happier than those students whose life circumstances had improved. Sheldon and Lyubomirsky (2006) also demonstrated that while the effects of improved circumstances do increase happiness, the boost in happiness from a new activity is greater and more lasting.

If you are experiencing depression, think of new activities that you can incorporate into your life.  They can be as simple as going for a walk, starting a new hobby, or traveling somewhere different.  While changing your life circumstances can often seem overwhelming, engaging in new activities can offer significant reductions in depression and increased happiness with little effort and expense.

Source: Sheldon, K. M., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2006). Achieving sustainable gains in happiness: Change your actions, not your circumstances. Journal of Happiness Studies, 7, 55-86.

Recommended For You:

  1. Count Your Blessings to Combat Depression?

  2. 3 Ways to Happiness

  3. Depression

  4. Brain Training for Anxiety, Depression and Other Mental Conditions

  5. 6 Ways Exercise Decreases Depression

  6. Improve Your Mood by Being Grateful

  7. Practicing Gratitude: Better than an Antidepressant

  8. Attention Deficit Disorders

Button
11062b_f0cd2b56e86443d68d21b6bc12fe055c_

Every website has a story, and your visitors want to hear yours. This space is a great opportunity to give a full background on who you are, what your team does and what your site has to offer. Double click on the text box to start editing your content and make sure to add all the relevant details you want site visitors to know.

If you’re a business, talk about how you started and share your professional journey. Explain your core values, your commitment to customers and how you stand out from the crowd. Add a photo, gallery or video for even more engagement.