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I had a black dog, his name was depression. The Cure for Depression? Have Fun!

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Modern cosmetic pharmacology focuses so heavily on eliminating depression that it entirely misses one essential point: depressed people are suffering from a lack of fun.

Nobody ever describes depression as a “Fun Deficiency Syndrome,” but lack of fun is clearly the root cause of all depression. It is impossible to be depressed when you are having fun, yet modern therapies for depression seek only to minimize depressive symptoms while doing nothing to maximize the daily intake of fun.

This backwards approach to treating fun deficiency syndrome — or FDS — is not only dangerously ineffective, it will be viewed by future generations as one of the greatest failures of medicine.

The Science of Fun

While depression has been studied under a microscope, science has barely scratched the surface on fun. The scientific study of fun is considered to be a frivolous exercise, and this assumption would be correct because fun is frivolous. The mistake made by science and academia is in underestimating the value of fun, treating fun as a non-serious diversion instead of a rational goal worthy of scientific examination.

This oversight is unfortunate because fun is arguably the greatest thing a human can have. Everyone likes to have fun… no, we love to have fun. When we are having fun we forget ourselves and become one with our actions in a moment of pure playful enjoyment. Having fun goes beyond being happy. Happiness implies a baseline level of contentment and good feelings but it does not include the amusement, exhilaration, laughter and joy associated with fun. If depression is the illness of our age, fun is the cure.

The Roots of Fun Deficiency Syndrome

The roots of FDS can be traced through human developmental stages. Most people have plenty of fun as children, but the onset of adolescence and high school creates a perfect storm of jaded anxiety that dampens the levels of fun easily found in childhood.

The onset of FDS in adolescence leads teenagers to naturally seek extremes of fun behavior to counteract their social anxiety. These extremes include partying, fighting, competitive sports and mating behaviors where risk is maximized to produce the most fun.

Most people do not consider this adolescent fun-seeking activity to be a neurologically-wired behavior to cope with developmental anxiety and depression, but it obviously is. This fun-seeking stage lasts well into early adulthood when chronic FDS becomes more problematic.

By middle age, most people are chronically low on fun and this is when depression becomes most acute. If lack of fun is constant and goes untreated it can lead directly to mid-life crisis and, eventually, grumpy-old-fart syndrome.

Fun can be scientifically reduced to two distinct variables: risk and reward. It is easy to understand why reward is fun, but risk is the key to maximizing the impact of reward to produce fun.

The most extreme examples of this dynamic can be found in compulsive behaviors that can become highly addictive, like sex and gambling. Sex and gambling are both fun and risky, and the higher the risk the more satisfying and more fun the reward.

Also, consider horror movies or amusement park rides where a constant level of fear and anxiety is sustained throughout the experience until the resolution brings a safe and satisfying reward. Fun is thus the science of using risk to build tension, and then strategically releasing that tension with a pleasurable reward to maximize enjoyment. Fun is therapeutic because it reduces anxiety and produces neurochemicals that combat depression. Fun is one of nature’s best and most powerful medicines. If you could put fun in a pill it would almost certainly be illegal.

The Pharmacology of Fun

The major pharmacological variables of the risk/reward fun dynamic are adrenaline and dopamine, the key catecholamines produced in response to stress. By now we should all be familiar with the manic exhilaration of an adrenaline rush and the self-satisfied clarity of a dopamine high.

Of all the drugs in the world, amphetamines may be the best at stimulating this specific chemical cocktail. It is no mystery why amphetamines lead to risky behaviors. Risky behaviors are even more rewarding under the influence of amphetamines and thus more fun. One side of the dopamine cycle leads the subject to seek out new and fun activities; the other side stimulates the satisfying feeling of reward in response to new experiences.

Increasing the levels of risk in these fun-seeking behaviors increases the adrenaline rush and thus increases the sensual intensity of the reward and emotional impact of the resulting memory. The experience of intense fun is therefore more than a trivial diversion: it is a pivotal psychological landmark in the lifetime of an individual which can create long-term changes in selfimage, mood, and behavior.

If we follow a simple clinical spectrum for FDS, it can be assumed that the longer individuals go without fun, the more depressed they will become. Chronic lack of fun over time will always result in low self-esteem and the inability to enjoy activities that were once fun when they were new but have now become mundane.

People suffering from chronic FDS will claim to lack the time or motivation to seek out new activities, and at the extreme end of the disorder, subjects will claim that seeking fun is a complete waste of time. This is a chronic lack of dopamine talking, and the only cure for people with FDS is to force them to go out and have fun.

Unfortunately subjects with undiagnosed FDS may actually think they don’t deserve to have fun, and that they don’t even deserve to have friends, so snapping someone with chronic FDS out of their cycle is not always easy. In extreme cases the only solution may be dancing, a surprise party, or a spontaneous and poorly-planned road trip. Bring beer.

People are the final component in fun… other people. Fun is always more fun when it is shared with other people. This is why partying is an essential human behavior for regulating feelings of self-esteem and social worth. Having fun with other humans in a social setting stimulates serotonin and oxcytocin, two neurochemicals essential to feelings of security and being loved. So if you’re feeling depressed and nothing seems to be working, the only solution is to call some friends and go out and have some fun. It is clinically proven to make you feel better.

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By James Kent / h+ Magazine

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We believe that others will take advantage of us if we drop our “I am a tough guy” image.

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We believe that others will take advantage of us or wrestle control away from us if we drop the “I am a tough guy” image. 

 

We developed a huge number of “I am” beliefs since early childhood. We include many of the “I am” beliefs during the many different roles we play daily. We for example concluded somewhere in the past that it is advantageous to play the role of “I am a tough guy” when someone cause us discomfort. We believe that others will take advantage of us or wrestle control away from us if we drop the “I am a tough guy” pose. Many of us that suffer with this delusion and use a “tough guy” image whenever we feel threatened or when we feel that we might be losing control. There might be appropriate occasions when we need to play this role, but those of us that are over-sensitive often pull out our “I am a tough guy” costume during serous inappropriate events. We have many other “I am” belief systems that we automatically use as a default as well. We might have some or all of the following “I am” beliefs.

I am a very religious or spiritual.

I am an introvert or extrovert.

I am poor when it comes to spelling or arithmetic.

I am not attractive enough.

I am too fat, too short, poor, clumsy etc.

Your feelings (emotions) trigger your “I am” messages. The moment you trigger any of your “I am” messages you slip into your suitable “role” and act or react in what you deem the most appropriate manner. Can you see how these “I am” belief systems limit your potential? You created an endless number of “dramas” that impact on your own and other’s lives using this silly “I am” method.

 

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Peel away your false expectation and you will start enjoying your journey through life.

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Recall this image the next time you feel unhappy about anything. Happiness is not the adding of things or the obtaining of things. Happiness is not gaining the approval of someone and it is also not something you feel when you finally reached your goal. Happiness is a ridding process. It is the removing of false perception and expectation. Peel away your false expectation and start enjoying your journey through life on step at a time. Make each moment your happy moment.

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EVERYTHING IS IMPERMANENT – APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE

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Kolmannskuppe (also Kolmanskuppe with just one n; Afrikaans – Kolmanskop) is a ghost town in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port of Luderitz. It was a small mining village and is now a popular tourist destination.

 

It developed after the discovery of diamonds in the area in 1908, to provide shelter for workers from the harsh environment of the Namib Desert. The village was built like a German town, with facilities like a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle alley, theater, sport-hall, casino, ice factory and first x-ray station in theSouthern hemisphere. It also had a railway line to Luderitiz.

 

The town declined after World War 1 as diamond prices crashed, and operations moved to Oranjemund. It was abandoned in 1956 but has since been partly restored. Tourists can now walk through houses knee-deep in sand.

 

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THE MORAL OF THE VIST IS – THAT EVERYTHING IS IMPERMANENT – APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE AND LIVE YOUR LIFE IN THE NOW – ONE MOMENT AT A TIME

 

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THIS IS HOW THEY ARE DAILY PLAYING WITH YOUR MIND.

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THIS IS HOW THEY ARE DAILY PLAYING WITH YOUR MIND. THESE METHODS ARE USED IN THE MARKET PLACE, SCHOOLS AND IN CHURCHES TO INFLUENCE WHAT YOU THINK AND WHAT BELIEF STRUCTURES YOU EMBED IN YOUR BRAIN.

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This is what happens when you blindly follow the crowd.

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These ants will continue to follow each other around in circles until they die.

Symbolic enough? This is what happens when you blindly follow the crowd. You waste your life walking around in circles until you die of exhaustion.

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Ignorance is the biggest killer of dreams.

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How many of us fail to read the connection between the horrific negative impact that NON-ACTION and RESISTANCE play in our lives. Look around you and you will find that we abuse drugs; we daily eat the abuse and intimidation from lovers, family, so-called friends and the government. We allow the banks to use and abuse us. We end up in hospital with stress related illnesses. We pay gurus and religious leaders a fortune to say things that we hope will dull our pain and give us hope. Many of us are drinking as if they are going to take alcohol from the market. We today live in a society that is under financial pressure all the time. We work like crazy and even neglect our children in an attempt to survive one more month.

Some of us are well qualified and experienced in our selected professions, but fail to get a job because of our skin colour and the toxic state of the economy world-wide. Everyone have a powerful voice inside them that can direct their lives on a moment to moment basis. This guide and wisdom source has been carefully polluted with many layers of conditioning and habits since early childhood. We are so busy running away mentally and physically that we fail to notice the little voice inside us that is well cocooned by an endless range of perceptions. We can explode this wall of RESISTANCE today if we are brave enough to admit that we have become slaves to the system.

The little voice and brilliant genius in our hearts and minds tell us to go for gold and do what needs to be done, but we ignore these messages because we are shit scared to go up against the endless perceptions, rules and regulations that enclosed us in our cold little igloo. We more often than not know exactly what we need to do or what we should avoid, but do little or nothing while we helplessly hammer against the wall of RESISTANCE built with bricks of fear. A large percentage stopped attacking the wall of RESISTANCE and fall apart when confronted by challenges. These individuals either live in denial or justify their NON-ACTION with stupid excuses. 

Spend some time today gathering information about the stuff that you know need to be completed that you have been postponing for far too long now. The wall of RESISTANCE consists out of thousands of bricks manufactured by ignorant individuals with no vision. Ignorance is the biggest killer of dreams. Knowledge shines a light into the dark places in our minds that we run away from. Information is your key to success and freedom.

 Rene

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