news re depression and art appreciation . . .

I have been writing for the last month an occasional post or page on the topics of art appreciation and depression.

As we noted before,

Major Depressive Disorder is “The leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3; Affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.”

Anyway, today at abcnews there is reported a study on what people in happier nations do that is believed to contribute to their happiness.  The top three countries as measured for happiness are alleged to be Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.  The 2nd supposed habit or practice of the happy people is . . . “They appreciate the beauty of nature.”  They do things such as going for a stroll in the park.

So, the question is, if and when the girls play dress up and have fun being photographed, or if and when the guys view the photos of the girls and appreciate them, is that a form of “appreciating the beauty of nature,” similar to walking in the park or listening to Mozart or Ariana Grande, Inna or Britney Spears?

We have not done the study, but at the park, in the summertime, 1 in 3 or so of the girls will be in swimwear . . . and some of those who are appreciating the beauty of nature will be noticing and appreciating the girls. has an article on 25 proven ways to reduce depression.  One of them is to have fresh flowers at home.  Another one is to meditate.  One of them is listening to music . . .  One of them was cultivating human touch . .  . has an article entitled “The Best Advice From the Happiest People on the Planet.”  One suggestion is to wear pretty undies and another one is to have a “pride shrine.”  A pride shrine is photos or memorabilia that are meaningful to you.  The suggestion comes from a fellow who wrote a book on the longest lived persons on earth, Dan Buettner!

One suggestion is to pencil in time for pleasure. One of them is to love a plant, even if it is fake, on the basis of it being pretty . . .  One is keep sex spicy, meaning, have and appreciate the variety . . .



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