In the story of Peter Pan, children could fly by thinking a happy thought. When they felt scared or sad, happy thoughts gave them the power of flight.
Like Peter Pan, people with depression struggle to become airborne when gloomy thoughts weigh them down. Depression convinces you that happy thoughts are nowhere to be found. But they exist, if you know how to seek them out.
A "happy thought" can be any mental lifeline that gives you a glimmer of joy, comfort, or hope. It could be picturing your loved ones, savoring a favorite food, listening to uplifting music, imagining your dream vacation, or remembering a successes.
Having depression makes it hard to recall these pockets of happiness. Your mind gravitates towards the negative. But actively seeking out happy thoughts can propel you upwards, just like Peter Pan.
Keep a running list of things big and small that lift your spirits. Revisit it whenever you're feeling low. Ask friends and family to contribute ideas too. Over time, thinking these happy thoughts will come more naturally.
It may feel impossible at first, like you'll never get off the ground. But retraining your mind to find bits of happiness takes practice. Start small - a happy thought could be as simple as a cup of tea on a rainy day.
As you build your appreciation of happy moments, you'll start to soar above the depression fog.
Think your happiest thought and let it carry you to places you never dreamed you could go.
Just like Peter Pan 🚀