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In other words, become "outer directed" and find someone to help. Charity begins at home, but it doesn't end there. Other depression busters: hobbies, like gardending, cooking, sewing, quilting, crocheting, dancing, knitting, painting, singing. Strike a pose (Madonna) and try to hold it (semi-planks). Physical exertion is a depression and stress buster. Prayer is "the big guns" against depression IMO--meditation and contemplation and just reading the Bible, especially praying the Psalms. Try to say a rosary a day. It isn't as easy as it sounds. Listen to sublime music. Read good books (there are lots of lists of great books--like "A Thousand Books to Read before You Die."

Anyone with children has many opportunities every day to help others. Children are a gift from God, to be cherished and treasured and played with, read to, and engaged in activities that give them confidence and amusement and skills.

Here's a nice upbeat song from Mike Scott. In parts of it, it sounds like he's throwing a football around with a friend--makes me want to run around in my yard picking up fallen sticks and limbs that are now all over the place:


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