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How can finding your purpose help you boost your mood?

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Studies show that when you feel a strong sense of purpose, you tend to be more skilled at working through life's challenges.

For some, this comes from their spirituality. For others, it's in their work. If you don't know where to start, notice when you have a feeling of flow in your day, where you're just lost in something and time slips away. Write down when that happens. In time, your notes will be like little crumbs that guide you on your way.

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: "Depression Treatment," "Coping with Depression."

National Health Service: "Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing," "Mindfulness," "How to Be Happier."

BMC Psychiatry : "Lifestyle Medicine for Depression."

University of Minnesota: "What Lifestyle Changes are Recommended for Anxiety and Depression?"

Mayo Clinic: "Depression (Major Depressive Disorder)."

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School: "Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier."

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: "Coping Strategies."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 04, 2017

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: "Depression Treatment," "Coping with Depression."

National Health Service: "Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing," "Mindfulness," "How to Be Happier."

BMC Psychiatry : "Lifestyle Medicine for Depression."

University of Minnesota: "What Lifestyle Changes are Recommended for Anxiety and Depression?"

Mayo Clinic: "Depression (Major Depressive Disorder)."

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School: "Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier."

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: "Coping Strategies."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 04, 2017

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