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19 Unexpected Benefits to Having Depression

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I wrote this list because let’s be real, depression sucks.  But you have to look on the bright side and stay on top of things!  Practice gratitude, and be RELENTLESSLY positive. Even when it’s completely ridiculous, like this list. 🙂  So, if there’s anything good that can possibly come from being depressed, I’m going to cover it here!  Here are 19 unexpected benefits to having depression.

19 Unexpected Benefits to Having Depression

I wrote this list because let's be real, depression sucks.  But you have to look on the bright side and stay on top of things!  Practice gratitude, and be RELENTLESSLY positive. Even when it's completely ridiculous, like this list. :)  So, if there's anything good that can possibly come from being depressed, I'm going to cover it here!  Here are 19 unexpected benefits to having depression.

19 Unexpected Benefits to Having Depression | Weird Benefits of Depression

1. Looking at cat videos can be justified as part of your recovery, because they make you feel better 🙂

2.Sometimes little things bring you greater joy in the moment because you’re starting at a pretty low point, and a single moment of happiness represents a big win.

3. It can be SPA DAY, EVERY DAY if you want because pampering = happy you!

4. You can hide in a blanket fort if it makes you feel better.  Blankets make things better!

5. On a serious note, depression helps you see things that other people can’t see.  You can also connect with people on a different level, and usually feel things more deeply.

6. Depression makes your writing more emotional and honest.

7. You get to constantly try new things and see if they make you feel better, all in the name of recovery!

8. You learn deep lessons about life that you probably wouldn’t have learned otherwise.

9. You feel more connected to the human experience as a whole.

10. Snuggling with fluffy kitties and puppies is necessary!  Because they make you haz the happiez. 🙂

11. Sad music is usually pretty good music. (But if you’re trying to get out of a funk, I’d recommend Pitbull and cheesy frat music instead).

12. From time to time you’ll meet someone else with depression and you’ll have the moment of, “You too?  I thought I was the only one.”

13. You can better appreciate the good times.

14. Feeling the whole spectrum of human emotion means you get to live a full and diverse life.

15. My friend once gave me this analogy… the deeper your well is, as dark as it looks, the more you can fill it later with good things.  The more sadness you experience, the more strongly you’ll feel happiness at other times.

16. You get to look at funny pictures and memes and read Buzzfeed articles all day because it’s totally part of the healing process.

17. Everything and anything can be justified as making your depression better or you happier, thus being totally valid to waste – I mean spend – lots of time on.  Like reading blogs like Resilient! #shamelessselfpromotion

18. Over time, you become a survivor.

19. One day, when you least expect it, you’ll realize that you’re actually no longer depressed and you can start to help other people crawl out of the well.  This is an important day.  Stick around for this.

You might also be interested in our 30 Day Negativity Detox, an online class about reducing the negativity in your life to make room for the positive. 🙂

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Brittany Murphy

Saturday 27th of January 2018

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I write about depression as well. I'm going to share this with my readers. We can't leave depression unless we decide to redefine ourselves and our experience. I love this attitude :)

Katie

Sunday 28th of January 2018

Thank you Brittany! :)

Prazia

Saturday 17th of December 2016

I love this article so much. I have suffered depression for years on my own (since my family says I was just exaggerating my 'emotional' state). What you've written here were true. I never thought I'd be thankful that I had depression before (and sometimes this days). Thank you for starting up a blog like this.

Katie

Saturday 17th of December 2016

You're welcome :) I wish you luck in your journey!

Anna

Saturday 30th of July 2016

I really liked your post! I have suffered on and off with depression for years, but like you said you have to look for the positive....and this is it! Thank you :)

Katie

Sunday 31st of July 2016

Definitely! Always look for the good :)

Samantha

Friday 26th of February 2016

I had suffer from deppression from many years now, and is genetic wich means most of my siblings suffer from it to. I just pray everyday that my two girls don't get this horrible disease. Even though there is soo much medical advances people still suffers a lot with this, and not only the person carrying the illness but the whole family and the best thing you can do is EDUCATE YOURSELF.

Katie

Saturday 27th of February 2016

I'm sorry you're suffering from depression. :( I wish you and your family the best, and hopefully our blog gives you a little hope! :)

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