Thursday, March 14, 2002

“Living rightly in all things means correctly perceiving, understanding, evaluating, and acting in regard to ourselves and others, our environment, and all of reality.”
In the Spirit of Happiness, The Monks of New Skete

In the light of yesterday’s diary entry about feeling invigorated after re-arranging my bedroom, I was intrigued to come across this little snippet, buried in Joel Spolsky‘s book reviews:

“What does this have to do with a book on depression? Well, it turns out that people literally become clinically depressed when they feel like they can’t control their lives and their environment. And Seligman, a pioneer in the field [of depression], has found that one of the most effective known non-drug therapies for depression is encouraging people to take small steps to exert control over their environments.”
Joel Spolsky

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