By Cliff Kuhn, M.D.
The Laugh Doctor
Depression affects over 10% of adult Americans during any given year. As a sufferer you know how difficult it can be to treat this illness. That's why you're going to take advantage of the natural medicine of humor; I've prescribed my Fun Commandments to hundreds of my patients who've battled with this disorder and I know they will work just as well for you.
Depression - as many as 19 million American adults experience it every year. I've spent time helping patients overcome this illness every year since the late 1960's, so I'm very familiar with its devestating symptoms. The good news about depression, however, is that, if you seek treatment, odds are you will feel better.
And I've learned, over the years, how to significantly increase the odds of you feeling better when you're suffering from depression. With the addition of my "secret weapon" to your current treatment, you will be amazed at how much better you feel and how quickly that happens. I'll reveal that secret to you in this article.
There is no way to quantify the cost in human suffering caused by depression. Because your symptoms are so overwhelming and invasive, even routine activities become painful (and often impossible) chores. You know too well the lonliness, emptiness, fatigue, loss of interest, hopelessness, irritablity, and physical pain which accompany your bouts.
My recommendations to you, however, are not meant to replace your current treatment for your depression. You should continue to seek, and follow, the counsel and therapy of your physician. But you can rest assured that the addition of my proven methods will enhance your treatment - making it up to four times more effective at easing your depression.
A Simple Solution Already Waits for You...on Your Face!
My most effective field-tested method for tackling depression centers around my Fun Commandment, Always Go the Extra Smile. I have prescribed this Commandment to hundreds of depressed patients and those willing to practice it always experience mood elevation and a reduction in symptoms - almost instantly!
Are you willing to Go the Extra Smile? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Good...but what does this Fun Commandment have to do with depression?
Always Go the Extra Smile emphasizes the choices you have when it comes to your happiness. Laughter, after all, is not the only way you can express your happiness - in fact, sometimes it can be downright inappropriate. But a smile is always subtle and under your complete control.
Don't be fooled by its subtley, however. Even though it is silent and controllable, a smile is remarkably powerful. Not only is it intense and compelling, but it has measurable, positive physical side effects. Your brain activity increases, your immune system perks up, and your resistance to pain rises noticably.
And here's the key to how this Commandment helps your treatment of depression: these benefits kick in even if you wear a fake smile!
Don't believe me? Try it right now; really stretch the corners of your mouth up and towards your ears. Hold it just like that and try telling me you don't feel those benefits I mentioned kicking in!
Imagine if you felt like that all the time! And that's the point of Always Go the Extra Smile - you can feel like that anytime you want. You can feel that way all the time in fact...if you want. All you have to do is remember to Always Go the Extra Smile.
My Doctor's Orders Concerning Always Going the Extra Smile
Combine a commitment to smile as much as possible with your depression therapy and you will find your spirits soaring! Here are some simple steps to get you started:
- Stretch your smile muscles each morning while you brush your teeth - all athletes know that warming muscles up is the key to getting maximum use from them
- Practice saying everything with a smile, like Gary Cooper told the bad guy in The Virginian
- Surround yourself with as many personal props or cues that stimulate your thoughts to smile
- Develop an internal "smile file" of images and thoughts which you can recall at any time, regardless of your circumstances
- Use my Fun Factor prescription to amplify your current depression treatment and you'll soon find yourself having to remember to stop smiling
Although my Fun Commandments are not a cure for your depression, I'm confident you'll find they greatly enhance its treatment. And, like hundreds of my patients, you'll suffer less from the effects of your depression as you practice them today.
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