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Good news about bad news

November 6, 2013

Here’s a great idea….
In his book Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman says,
“Depression is almost always episodic, with recovery occurring within a few months of onset. Even individuals who become paraplegic as a result of spinal cord accidents quickly begin to adapt to their greatly limited capacities, and within eight weeks they report more net positive emotion than negative emotion” (p. 48).

In other words…
When misfortune strikes, we tend to believe that we’re down and will never get past the misery. The truth is that, even with terrible experiences, most of us return to our usual level of happiness within a short period of time.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life….

When negative events occur that lead to feelings of unhappiness or depression, remind yourself that these negative emotions will not last. Press forward knowing that you are likely to start feeling better soon. (If dark feelings persist for a longer time, please see a mental health professional.)


To Find Out More…
about personal well-being, check out Getting Our Hearts Right or The Personal Journey programs at, follow us at or contact your local county Extension agent. You may also enjoy reading Authentic Happiness.

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