Daralyse Lyons reviews From Depression to Contentment

I just finished reading From Depression to Contentment by Bob Rich, PhD. “Reading” is probably a misnomer. From Depression to Contentment is a practical guidebook to revamping our behaviors as a means of changing our inner life. It is not only engaging; it is meant to be engaged with.

I received the book roughly a week ago after a string of back-and-forth emails with the author inspired me to want to experience his work. I loved the book! It’s not perfect. One thing I find problematic about it is that I do believe that, in a small number of cases, depression requires medical intervention and the book seems to present all depression as a repetitive loop of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. But, that said, this strikes me as incredibly helpful for anyone who wants to feel better about their experience of life. It takes complex concepts and synthesizes them down to actionable items, bolstered by memorable anecdotes. I’d have devoured it in less than a week except that, as mentioned, there are to-do exercises that I want to say “slowed me down” but that actually speed up the path of my emotional uplift.

The practices in Bob Rich, PhD’s short but substantial book, are something that I hope to integrate into my life on an ongoing basis and I highly recommend this book as a resource for anyone struggling with depression. Or not! This book can help even those of us who feel pretty good about life. Some of its practices are intuitive and others aren’t, but intentionally incorporating more joy into our lives seems to me to be something that can and will benefit anyone!

Recovering the Self (Vol. VI, No. 2) - Family

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Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing (Vol. VI, No. 2) November 2017

Recovering The Self is a quarterly journal which explores the themes of recovery and healing through the lenses of poetry, memoir, opinion, essays, fiction, humor, art, media reviews and psycho-education. Contributors to RTS Journal come from around the globe to deliver unique perspectives you won't find anywhere else!
The theme of Volume VI, Number 2 is "Focus on Family." We explore physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental aspects of this and several other areas of concern including:

  • Adult siblings
  • Parenting and adult children
  • Healthy parenting
  • Loneliness and belonging
  • Importance of love, forgiveness, and a sense of humor
  • Understanding your childhood
  • Animal companionship
  • Growing up in a dysfunctional family
  • Eldercare
  • Betrayal by family
  • ...and more!

This issue's contributors include: Ernest Dempsey, Gerry Ellen, Leslee Tessmann, Bernie Siegel, Diane Wing, Patricia Wellingham-Jones, Patrick Gene Frank, Candy Czernicki, Chris Stark, Peter MacQuarrie, Nora Trujillo, Trisha Faye, Neall K. Calvert, Holli Kenley, Huey-Min Chuang, Marjorie McKinnon, Evelyn Horan, Janet Riehl, Mrrinali Punj, Robin Marvel, Don Bodey, Annie Harmon, Martha Carey, Christy Lowry, Sweta Srivastava Vikram, Susie Dunham, Aaron Ratliff, Joyce-Anne Locking and others.

"I highly recommend a subscription to this journal, Recovering the Self, for professionals who are in the counseling profession or who deal with crisis situations. Readers involved with the healing process will also really enjoy this journal and feel inspired to continue on. The topics covered in the first journal alone, will motivate you to continue reading books on the subject matter presented. Guaranteed." --Paige Lovitt for Reader Views
Visit us online at www.RecoveringSelf.com
Published by Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com

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