For many people, the holidays are not the season of happiness and cheer. For some the holidays bring on bouts of depression because of sad times in the past and separation from family/friends due to distance, death or dysfunction. After reading one woman's blog recently who was seeming to suffer this way, I was really touched. Maybe if we just reach out a hand of friendship we might ease the suffering of people like her. It isn't always the financially challenged who need our help during this time. I found the following article is right on to help someone suffering from seasonal depression.
9 Holiday Depression Busters
These 9 rules help me put the joy back into the festivities–or at least keep me from hurling a mistletoe at Santa and landing myself on the “naughty” list.
Matthew 6:21 says “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, start with the things you like to do. For me, that is saying a rosary for a depressed Beyond Blue reader, or visiting a priest-friend who needs encouragement and support in order to continue his ministry, or helping talented writer friends get published. I’d like to think this is service, too, because if those people are empowered by my actions, then I’ve contributed to a better world just as much as if I had dished out mashed potatoes to a homeless person at a shelter.