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Jenny
58235.  Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:38 pm Reply with quote

Advice from Sydney Smith to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, 200 years ago, and excellent advice it is too.


Dear Lady Georgiana,

Nobody has suffered more from low spirits than I have done, so I feel for you.

1st: live as well as you dare.
2nd: go into the showerbath with a small quantity of water at a temperature low enough to give you a slight sensation of cold.
3rd: amusing books.
4th: short views of human life not further than dinner or tea.
5th: be as busy as you can.
6th: see as much as you can of those friends who like and respect you.
7th: and of those acquaintances who amuse you.
8th: make no secret of low spirits to your friends, but talk of them freely they are always worse for dignified concealment.
9th: attend to the effects tea and coffee produce upon you.
10th: don't expect too much from human life a sorry business at the best.
11th: compare your lot with that of other people.
12th: avoid poetry, dramatic representations (except comedy), music, serious novels, melancholy, sentimental people, everything likely to excite feeling or emotion, not ending in active benevolence.
13th: DO GOOD, and endeavour to please everybody of every degree.
14th: be as much as you can in the open air without fatigue.
15th: make the room where you commonly sit gay and pleasant.
16th: struggle little by little against idleness.
17th: don't be too severe upon yourself, or underrate yourself, but do yourself justice.
18th: keep good blazing fires.
19th: be firm and constant in the exercise of rational religion.
20th: believe me, dear Lady Georgiana, Very truly yours, Sydney Smith.

 
Molly Cule
58272.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:08 am Reply with quote

Kipling had a cure for depression. And it wasn't an exceedingly good cake.

"The cure for this ill is not to sit still
Or frowst with a book by the fire;
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
And dig till you gently perspire."

Well.. one to try one day, should the need arise.

 
Jenny
58437.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:13 pm Reply with quote

Actually, cake is a good cure - until you get fat. There is a distinct link between obesity and depression, but it's rather a chicken-and-egg situation.

http://health.msn.com/centers/depression/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100124161

 
Celebaelin
58443.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:24 pm Reply with quote

Molly Cule wrote:
Kipling had a cure for depression. And it wasn't an exceedingly good cake.

"The cure for this ill is not to sit still
Or frowst with a book by the fire;
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
And dig till you gently perspire."

Well.. one to try one day, should the need arise.

I find it ironic that you should be instructed to dig to get yourself out of a depression.

 
grizzly
58450.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:46 pm Reply with quote

Molly Cule wrote:
Kipling had a cure for depression. And it wasn't an exceedingly good cake.

"The cure for this ill is not to sit still
Or frowst with a book by the fire;
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
And dig till you gently perspire."

Well.. one to try one day, should the need arise.


Was Kipling a particularly violent person?

 
tetsabb
58452.  Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:47 pm Reply with quote

A good bit of physical exertion is excellent for the condition, one with which, regrettably, our household is too familiar. My Better Half/Greater Fraction usually feels much better after indulging in cruelty to the plants in the garden, and just a 20-minute stroll to our local postbox earlier brightened me up no end.
It's those endorphin chaps, you know.
And yes, cake, especially chocolate ones, help too!

 
Tas
58587.  Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:45 am Reply with quote

Quote:
It's those endorphin chaps, you know.


I always thought my endorphins were ladies....I always feel better in the company of ladies.

:-)

Tas

 

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