Once upon a time, a few years ago, I had problems with dealing with depression. My buddy, Elton, had suggested that I make a blog and write down 10 things that I am thankful for everyday. I thought it was such a silly exercise to do because how on earth will that help me? I decided to give it a shot because nothing else was working for me.

When I first started, it was hard to come up with 10 things, but I sat there until I figured it out. As time went by, it got easier and easier. Sometimes, I would even come up with more than 10 things. Sure enough, I can now say that it had helped me with my depression because I can honestly be thankful for even the smallest things in this world.

I think it's beneficial for anyone who does this exercise and sticks to it, even if you don't have depression. There is still a lot that you can learn and look back to see where you came from to where you are now as a man.

Make it your own. I include silly pictures or videos in mine just to make me laugh.

Here's the link to my blog:
Positive Mental Thinking - http://noregret.wordpress.com

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Comment by Nathan T Jeung on October 14, 2009 at 10:26pm
@ brett: no, no... thank you for being an inspiration to so many men! i was so moved i went out and got TWO pocketknives. thanks! yeah, she's great. :)

oh man, if you ever find yourself in Merced, CA, i will take you to this place near my shop. there they have sandwiches of all sorts, one of them called the "10k panini."

it is basically a ham and cheese sandwich with fresh garden greens and this delicious apricot spread grilled in a panini press. comes with sweet potato fries. :)
Comment by Brett McKay on October 10, 2009 at 9:50am
I really enjoyed reading through your blog (so nice that AoM gets some shout outs!). You can really get some cool insights into someone's life by reading what's making them happy. It sounds like you have a really cool girlfriend for example. But....

What's a 10k panini?!
Comment by Cowboy Bob Sorensen on October 9, 2009 at 8:33am
Daniel, if I may... the verse, "In everything give thanks" is often misquoted as "FOR everything give thanks" (an error for which I am not saying you made), the correct use of the verse shows that we should have a thankful spirit in the first place. You just illustrated it.
Comment by Nathan T Jeung on October 9, 2009 at 1:26am
cool. i'm not depressed anymore. it was a few years ago. hahaha. i used to whistle all the time because of eric idle. :P
Comment by Cowboy Bob Sorensen on October 8, 2009 at 8:18am
As someone that has been diagnosed with depression, it does become difficult to sing along with Eric Idle, "Look on the bright side of life". But we have to find those things for which we are thankful. I worked out things in my other Weblogs, venting, political and religious views, the wife's cat, whatever. My more recent heavy emotional workout was for my brother's, then my father's, recent deaths.

Writing it down, whether on line or to share, is a great thing to do. Personally, I get along rather well with Blogger.com, especially the price, but someone else that I met in a depression recovery chat room way back when recommended "Open Diary". Just thought I'd mention it.
Comment by James! on October 8, 2009 at 8:08am
Thats not a bad idea at all. At least it will be something in the journal even when I don't want to write.

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