6 Steps to Serenity

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I don’t know how many times I utter the Serenity Prayer in a day, but it’s well into the double digits. In fact, the words penned by the late theologian Reinhold Niebuhr may very well be imprinted on my plastic brain because its message is so central to my mission of chasing after sanity. I […]

8 Ways Faith Can Heal

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Awhile back “Time” Magazine published some fascinating articles on the “biology of belief”: how faith can heal us. Folks who attend church services on Sunday have a lower risk of dying in any one year than the guys who sleep in, read the paper, and skip all holy activities. “Spirituality predicts for better disease control,” […]

Top 4 Sources of Motivation for Managing Depression

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What motivates you when managing depression? Recently Everyday Health asked that question to readers since 58 percent of readers said they wish for motivation every morning to manage their illness. More specifically, 50 percent wanted strength; 49 percent wanted happiness; and 41 percent wanted peace of mind. Here are the results: the top four sources of motivation for […]

Who Moved My Cheese? Keep Moving the Cheese!

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Human beings are creatures of habit, which is why Spencer Johnson sold more than ten million copies of his book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” Business executives sit down to PowerPoint presentations based on it, and depressed patients watch the “Who Moved My Cheese?” video during group therapy in hospital psychiatric units across the country. (Who […]

6 Helpful Prayers to Know

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With all the uncertainty that’s going on in my life, I’m trying to cling to prayer as much as I can, to continually ask God to guide me in a direction that best promotes His peace in this world. Ironically, as I looked for prayers to say in the morning, a friend sent me the […]

Choose Three Things That Inspire You

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When I’m caught in the net of a depressive cycle, few things can bring me relief. Laughing, hands down, is the best medicine … but there are days even my sense of humor has ran away with my happy thoughts. Being around people seems to work sometimes. Because it’s harder to ruminate when you’re technically […]

The Legend of the Two Wolves

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There is popular Native American legend, a Cherokee tale, called “Two Wolves” that I come across often in spiritual and psychological literature and lectures: An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two […]

10 Quotes on Following Your Dreams

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I wanted to offer some quotes on following your dreams since I recently decided to transition from a stable job as a defense contractor to my passion: writing about mental health. The following quotes are from a great little book called “2500 Years of Wisdom: Sayings of the Great Masters.” You’ll break the worry habit […]

Anna Quindlen: Enjoy the View

One of my favorite stories that helps me to put things into proper perspective is a passage from Anna Quindlen’s “A Short Guide to a Happy Life.” The text was originally her commencement address to Villanova University. Click here for the entire speech. I entitled this section of her book, “Enjoy the View,” something that […]

Are Depressives More Spiritual?

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I am what you might call a “depression snob.” I have a rather high opinion of people who suffer from depression and anxiety. I assume that if you carry bottles of Zoloft, Prozac, or Xanax in your purse, you are a deep feeler, brilliant thinker, compassionate healer, and funny joke-teller. My stereotypes haven’t failed me […]

Be Not Afraid

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I used to sing “Be Not Afraid,” in the shower as an anxious child. It was the one song that gave me great comfort, and every time I hear it, at Sunday Mass or at a funeral, I tear up. It never occurred to me that the last line of this song, “Come follow me, […]

10 Quotes on Following Your Dreams

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I wanted to offer some quotes on following your dreams since I recently decided to transition from a stable job as a defense contractor to my passion: writing about mental health. The following quotes are from a great little book called “2500 Years of Wisdom: Sayings of the Great Masters.” You’ll break the worry habit […]

Don’t Waste 14 Good Days

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From my archives … I have had 14 days without any “I wish I were dead” thoughts. Two full weeks. It’s exhilarating but–and I know you can appreciate this–scary. Because I am so nervous for the thoughts to come back. It’s like finding your balance on water skis. I’m going … I’m going … I’m […]