Sunshine After Rain

If you have experienced depression or prolonged sadness and your mood has changed  and so now you are feeling happy, that is wonderful.  Because the experience of depression is so draining and all consuming, you would naturally hope that your happiness is there to stay.  You may worry about your depression returning. Fear not, you have survived and you are well. It has been raining for a long time, but now the sun is shining.

When you are feeling happy, you can use the power of your mood to prepare yourself for when your mood is not as pleasant.  You can think about how you felt and how you acted when you were depressed.  You can think about what changed to improve your mood.  Most of all, you can experience your happiness and learn to expect that feeling. To sustain happiness, you can use your experience of sadness to help others who are sad. You will be able to empathize with the sadness and you can practice compassion.

Although it is hard to accomplish anything when you are depressed, when it loosens its grip, you have a wonderful opportunity. When the rain stops, you build a shelter, you get an umbrella.  You can gain a lot of wisdom from you experience of sadness, that wisdom will see you through any mood the future may bring. Now, you know that you can get through depression. Now, you know that you can get through anything.

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