I would say don’t tell them why it’s not as dire as they think, don’t give them advice unless they ask for it, and don’t try to make them “feel better” by giving them platitudes. Depressed people generally don’t come to others to make them feel better (and they can’t because happiness comes from within) what the suffering person is looking for is to be seen and heard. After my brother died, and I felt my small family was falling apart ,one of the kindest, most thoughtful things someone who barely knew me said to me was, “I know this is hard for you.” That meant the world to me.
It sometimes feels like it is so hard to avoid feeling down or depressed these days. Between the sad news coming from world headlines, the impact of the ongoing raging pandemic, and the constant negative messages popping up on social and traditional media, it sometimes feels like the entire world is pulling you down. What do you do to feel happiness and joy during these troubled and turbulent times? In this interview series called “Finding Happiness and Joy During Turbulent Times” we are talking to experts, authors, and mental health professionals who share lessons from their research or experience about “How To Find Happiness and Joy During Troubled & Turbulent Times”.
As a part of this series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Melissa Maxx.
Mindful Living Coach, Columnist and Author Melissa Maxx left her decades long career as a Radio and TV Host (WBCN Boston, KLOS Los Angeles, The Shark Miami and “Tiny House Builders” on HGTV) after a debilitating Autoimmune Disease forced her to re-evaluate her life choices. She realized that she needed to make some drastic life changes physically, emotionally & spiritually. Her new book, “Mindfulness For People Who Suck…