Welcome to The Happiness Kit!
The Happiness Kit is a place for YOU. A place where you can explore different aspects of your own mental and emotional life. Likes ways to quickly feel better, right now. Like understanding your relationships in a different way. Or even to work on deeper issues like anxiety or depression.
It’s a place where you can learn how to thrive!
For now this site is focusing on depression, and you’ll find a series of videos here to help you heal your own depression. We will soon be expanding to other topics!
Depression is rife in our society. Part of this is due to the pressures, stress and challenges of modern life, which forces us to live in ways that don’t suit the human soul. However, thanks to a multi-year study done at the Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego Health Appraisal Clinic by Drs. Vincent Filletti and Robert Anda, some quite specific causes of depression have been identified. This gives us a very convenient frame of reference when we look at healing ourselves of depression.
Here are some stats about depression that came out of the study, which is called the Adverse Childhood Experiences (or ACES) study:
- 18% of people with an ACE score of 1 had suffered from clinical depression.
- 30% of those with an ACE score of 3, and nearly 50% with an ACE score of 4 or more had suffered from chronic depression.
- Taking women alone, this rises to 24% of women with an ACE score of 1 and up to 60% of women with an ACE score of 4 or more.
- The loss of a parent in childhood triples the chances of depression in adulthood.
- Being raised by a mother with depression puts you at a higher risk of living with chronic pain as an adult.
A tragic aspect of modern life is the way that depression is currently treated. We feel down, even suicidal, and go to our doctor for help. Most doctors have 15 minutes to spend on each patient. What can they do in that time? Certainly not get to the root of why we are depressed. So they prescribe medication, so that at least for now, we can carry on functioning. But as we know, medication doesn’t treat the cause – it only masks the symptoms. Not to mention the side-effects of taking medication, which can be really serious! And many people cannot or don’t see a doctor. They live lives of quiet suffering, misunderstood by the people around them.
Depression is by and large an emotional wellbeing issue. So if we are to find a way of healing this, surely we need to address it at that level? After all – how can medication heal something which has its roots in our very wellbeing as humans?
This is what we aim to address in this series of videos. The introductory video gives some background and explores the commonly-known root causes of depression. And then, if this resonates with you, you can access the videos that will help you to heal yourself.
There are of course environmental issues that we as human beings experience as part of ‘normal’ life, that definitely contribute to and can even cause, depression. These videos only address the emotional causes of depression. Environmental causes can be:
- Poor diet. Our natural diet is one that is rich in nutrients, unprocessed and natural foods. The modern diet of fast food, overcooked, tinned and processed foods, is detrimental to both our physical AND emotional wellbeing.
- Lack of nutrients. Even the best diet these days is affected by poor soils, mass farming methods, pollution in our oceans and polluted ground-water. Studies show that supporting a good diet with supplements which contain essential fatty acids like flax seed, krill or salmon oil, support the brain. It’s also been shown that supplementing with magnesium is a safe and effective way to treat mild to moderate depression – go here for an article that describes the study done at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.
- Exercise has also been viewed as an antidote to depression. You can find more information here.
- Human beings long for love and connection. In today’s fast-paced, digital world, social media has very often come to replace real intimacy. People live lonely lives, even surrounded by millions. There is no doubt loneliness exacerbates depression. If you are lonely, it is very important to address this, as soon as you are feeling good enough to reach out to others. This could be participating in a hobby that gets you out and meeting people, volunteering or even just reaching out to friends and family more often. Here is a great video that shows how important connection is. It is about addiction, but has some very good points regarding loneliness! The Rat Park Experiment.
In conjunction with the emotional wellbeing aspects, please make sure to address these factors in your quest for healing.