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Hi everyone!

According to some experts, depression is caused by a lack of pleasant activities. What are pleasant activities? Pleasant activities are simply things you like to do.

The basic idea is that when people are not depressed, their lives are made up of a wide variety of activities, some pleasant and positive, some unpleasant and negative, and some neutral. According to the theory, in order to be “happy” you need to have at least some positive activities in your life. Also, people stay depressed because they have at least the usual share of unpleasant activities but not enough pleasant activities. One of the solutions to overcoming depression is to try to schedule more positive and pleasant events in your life; this will help to get the balance between pleasant and unpleasant activities closer to what it is for people who aren’t depressed.

One of your most important jobs in this program is to take the risk of actually testing some of your predictions about what will happen if you try to do something pleasant or pleasurable. Because any experiment can go wrong, we’ll want you to repeat some experiments to see what happens each time. You don’t have to believe that you’ll enjoy the activity; you just have to be willing to try and see what happens. Think of yourself as a scientist who is performing experiments on your moods.

If you’re having some trouble coming up with some activities, here’s a list of some simple activities to get you started:

Going to a party

Going to a religious function

Going to the park

Going for a drive

Playing a musical instrument

Making a meal or a snack


Having a beer or glass of wine with friends

Visiting with family

Bird watching

Drinking a cup of tea

Meeting someone attractive

Trying a new recipe

Going to the library

Eating a good meal

Going to the mall

Practicing a martial art

Listening to music

Playing Frisbee

Getting a good sleep

Going to a museum

Please feel free to share your experiences! Which pleasurable activity yielded a positive experience?

Ashley, Health Educator

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