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Messages of Optimism for Depression Awareness

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Depression is an all-encompassing illness that can make every day an incredible challenge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in 10 Americans admit to struggling with depression. Once treated, depression can become a navigable part of life, rather than an overwhelming burden. The key is finding the courage to ask for help.

We would like to share some messages of optimism, understanding, and growth from the well-known and beloved Chicken Soup for the Soul series. A battle with depression, while arduous and exhausting, need not be fought alone.

 

 

when faced with a challenge look for a way not a way out

 

On Honesty and Denial

“Find your voice by telling the truth, first to yourself, then others.” —Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live

On Taking the Step to Make a Change

“Life is always here, right now, with its myriad possibilities in every moment. If we can just once make that decision, I’m going to try something different, we will open up pathways within us in which creativity can flourish, unexpected connections can be made, and new possibilities explored.” —Michael Murphy, Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live (Life Lesson #6)

“When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out.” —David L. Weatherford, Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul

On Recovering

“Despite the miracle in my life, recovery remains a day-to-day process. It began with the supernatural power to forgive and it continues with a grateful and ever repentant heart. Miracles do happen. Seekers do get healed. Lives can be forever changed. Recovery is not just a road, it is also a reason.” —Rev. Ed Donnally, Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul

I take one day at a time, enjoy the rain and the sun, endure the ice and the freezing winds—and feel peace.” —Ann Best, Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul

On Forgiving Yourself

“When I learned how to feel compassion for myself, I learned how to feel compassion for everyone. Compassion has allowed me to feel a oneness with all of life—and this has empowered me as a woman, an artist, and a human being.” —Virginia Whiting Walden, Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live

find your voice by telling the truth, first to yourself, then others

On Loving Yourself

“I had to fight for my own life, the life that I counted as unworthy. All the unconditional love that I had given to [my daughter] I now had to give to me. It is hard to love difficult people; how much harder it is when we become the most difficult of all.” —Julie Orlando, Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul

“We all deserve to be treated with kindness and compassion when we give our best.” —Jane Middelton-Moz, Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul

On Positivity

“No matter what happens in our lives . . . we can still sing.” —Jennifer M. Reinsch, Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul

I found a reason to hope again. I learned that dreams are never destroyed by circumstances; dreams are born in the heart and mind, and only there can they ever die. Because while the difficult takes time, the impossible just takes a little longer.” —Art E. Berg, Chicken Soup for Unlocking the Secret to Living Your Dreams

“If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting, but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything.”—Allyson Jones, Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul

 On Overcoming the Disease

“Our lives are testimonials to our choices. Each moment is the point of power. Each moment, we can continue to choose what we have already chosen or we can choose to choose again. A life filled with abundance—inside and out—is ours for the taking.” —Chellie C. Campbell, Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live

 “Experience is a hard teacher, because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” —Vernon Saunders’s Law, Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul

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