Fighting Depression with Gratitude

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

By Nancy Stoops

I work with many people suffering from depression.  It seems like their minds are filled with what is wrong with their lives and lots of self –pity.  Having lost most of my family I understand what feels like paralyzing sadness.  I’m referring to the kind of emotion that makes you feel like life is over and will never ever feel good again.  I’m here to tell you gratitude for all that we have and for all that we are really helps change our mindsets. Midnight and I were out the door this morning at 6:00 a.m. for our hour walk.  I must tell you my senses were delighted with the clean air, wonderful smelling scents from trees and flowers and the sweet lullabies from all of the birds.  As we walked I felt such gratitude running through my mind, body and spirit.  I thought about all the blessings I have.  I’m grateful for my health and for Midnight being ten years and still able to climb large hills and how lucky we are to have each other as best friends.  We certainly take a lot for granted.  We have our health, food, shelter, warm and cold running water, beds, cars, and many other necessities but we also have lots of toys and things that make life fun.  I see so many people taking all of that for granted.Take out a piece of paper and fold it in half.  On one side write down all that you are blessed with and on the other write down what you still desire.  Now don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with wanting more or a better life, just don’t forget to appreciate what you already have or who you already are.  Keep this piece of paper and add to it daily when you find something else you are grateful for or desire.  Eventually you will replace the negative mindset with a positive mindset and a mindset filled with gratitude and joy.

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Nancy is now accepting new clients.  She also works as a motivational speaker.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups for teens and can handle many court mandated needs.  For more information about any of these services contact Nancy at (909) 229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.