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Four Tips to Put You in a Great Mood

Shorter daytime sunlight is associated with reduced energy and mood decline in some people. For centuries, many people have experienced "winter depression" associated with shorter days and weather patterns not conducive to outdoor activities. In 1984, scientists named this type of depression Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is more prevalent in women, and symptoms include weight gain and increased appetite for carbohydrates. Even if you do not have full-scale SAD, you will likely find that daily exposure to sunlight will boost your mood.

Build a Mental Bridge
All-or-Nothing Thinking - thinking everything is black or white with no shades of gray.
Negative Mental Filter - filtering out any bit of information that is positive, and only hearing the negative.
Disqualifying the Positive - explaining away words of affirmation or praise with false thoughts such as "I don't deserve this" or "They just feel sorry for me."1-1-great-mood-is-healthy

Magnification of Minimization - exaggerating events to catastrophic importance or minimizing successes.
"Should" Statements - holding to a rigid set of internal rules about what should, must or can't be done.
Labeling and Mislabeling - Using terms like "stupid," "idiot," or "loser" for self and others. Imagine your habitual, toxic thinking patterns creating a bridge in your mind day after day that leads to sadness, depression and eventually disease. You can choose to, instead, build a bridge to happiness, love and life. Become aware of your thoughts and when you notice a toxic thinking pattern, decide not to "travel over that bridge." Take the other bridge and eventually you can train your mind to break the habit of toxic thinking and to routinely produce positive thoughts.

Negative thought patterns contribute to bad moods and feelings of depression. There are many categories of toxic thinking patterns, including:

Minimize Internet Usage

More studies are linking too much time on the internet with poor mood and depression. A new term, "Facebook depression," refers to the possibility that Internet addicts lack satisfying amounts of real human interaction and companionship. Social networking sites can also promote unrealistic views of the world. A new study analyzed Internet usage among college students and found that students who show signs of depression tend to use the Internet differently than those who show no symptoms of depression. Depressed students tended to use file-sharing services, send email and chat online more than the other students. Depressed students also tend play more games and watch more videos online than other students.

The Internet, and television, can be fun and wonderful sources of information, but practice moderation with both. Do not let time spent in front of the TV or on the internet take the place of real human interaction.

This entry was posted in Health Tips by Dr. Don Colbert.

Don Colbert, MDDon Colbert, M.D. has been board certified in Family Practice for over 25 years and practices Anti aging and Integrative medicine. He is a New York Times Bestselling author of books such as The Bible Cure Series, What Would Jesus Eat, Deadly Emotions, What You Don't Know May be Killing You, and many more with over 10 million books sold. He is the Medical Director of the Divine Health Wellness Center in Orlando, Florida where he has treated over 50,000 patients. He is also a internationally known expert and prolific speaker on Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Colbert is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has been featured on Dr. Oz, The O'Reilly Factor, ABC World News, BBC, Readers Digest, News Week, Prevention Magazine and many prominent Christian TV programs. He is also the TV host of his newly syndicated TV program "Dr Colbert’s Health Report." Dr. Colbert formulated Divine Health to meet the public's demand for higher quality supplementation. Dr. Colbert believes in treating the whole person; the mind, the body and the spirit.

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3 Responses to Four Tips to Put You in a Great Mood

  • peggy on March 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm said:

    I do appreciate your comments, however, I've been deep in a hole since about last Sept. and can't seem to climb out of it. I've tried psychiatrist, meds, therapist, etc.
    I don't get sleepy or hungry and emotions have gone away. Feeling pretty hopeless.

  • Randy Harris on March 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm said:

    I enjoy many of your books on natural healing, especially the one titled, "What Would Jesus Eat". Great stuff.

  • Penny Hare on March 17, 2013 at 8:37 am said:

    What if your husband is very busy with his business and friends , I am wanting lacking physical connection with him? I live far away from family and friends?


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