Do you want to get rid of depression for yourself? Or are you doing it for other people?
Simply wanting to eliminate depression and be happy is extremely important, because it motivates you to improve your thinking and lifestyle in order to put depression behind you.
But it's also important that you want to get out of depression for yourself rather than for other people.
The reason for this is that you will face a very long, hard journey getting rid of depression and staying depression-free, if you want to come out of depression for others (like your family, friends, co-workers, and so on), instead of yourself. Here's why.
If you want to stop feeling depressed for others, then it's almost like you're being a "good sport" by getting rid of depression, or making some sort of a noble sacrifice.
With this mentality, you turn getting rid of depression into a job or obligation that you grudgingly have to do, so eliminating depression becomes hard work for you.
Also, if others ever don't care whether you eliminate depression (or are mean-spirited and want you to remain depressed), then you'll lose any motivation to get rid of depression and stay depressed.
After all, you were only getting rid of depression for others, not you.
The overall result is that if you want to overcome depression for others, you are naturally much less successful getting rid of depression and staying depression-free, and you find this journey harder and less enjoyable.
If you want to stop being depressed for yourself, then you don't feel like you're making any sacrifice by getting rid of depression. Instead, you're just focused on something positive want to experience and enjoy, without any sense of loss at all.
With this mentality, getting rid of depression isn't a job or obligation that you grudgingly have to do. Instead, it's something that you get to do and look forward to doing, the sooner the better.
In this way, eliminating depression becomes easier and more enjoyable for you, since it's something you clearly want for yourself.
Also, if others ever don't care whether you eliminate depression (or are mean-spirited and want you to remain depressed), then it won't hurt your motivation to get rid of depression or slow you down at all, and you'll continue eliminating depression.
After all, you're getting rid of depression for yourself, not others.
The overall result is that if you want to cure depression for yourself, you are naturally much more successful getting rid of depression and staying depression-free, and you find this journey easier and more enjoyable.
Clearly, it helps you to want to get over depression for yourself, rather than for others. But if you think about it, it also just makes sense in every way.
After all, as you stop being depressed and become happy, you benefit more from this positive change more than anyone else.
Think about it: as you get rid of depression, your life becomes easier, more enjoyable, and feels more worthwhile. You enjoy greater energy, better quality sleep, and find it much easier to achieve things you want to achieve.
Your social interactions naturally improve, especially since you find it easier to go out and interact with others when you feel better.
Furthermore, you enjoy greater confidence and peace mind, and you feel stronger and better about yourself. Your life literally improves in every single way.
So when you consider all this, it makes complete sense to appreciate that you are the primary beneficiary of a depression-free life, and to want to stop being depressed for yourself, regardless of whether others want you to make this positive change or not.
The overall lesson, here, is that wanting to get rid of depression for others works against you. It also doesn't make any sense, considering that you are the one who benefits the most from a depression-free life.
On the other hand, wanting to get rid of depression for yourself helps you get rid of depression faster and easier, and it also makes complete sense every way you look at it.
You can appreciate that other people will undoubtedly benefit from you becoming happier and depression-free. For example, they will naturally enjoy your company more.
However, also appreciate that even if and when others benefit from you eliminating depression, you always benefit more, because you enjoy the benefits of this change every single moment for every second of your life.
So starting today, be smart and get rid of depression for yourself, regardless of whether anyone else wants you to stop being depressed.
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