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It's incredibly easy to get caught up in drudgery, or just the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and find yourself feeling unnecessarily miserable. If this happens, you may find yourself setting a goal to enjoy your life more. You're more likely to achieve this goal if you define what enjoying your life means to you. Here are some tips for doing that.
A Pew Research study that draws on the 2013 U.S. Census shows that 4 in 10 new marriages include one partner who has been married before. More than 40 million American adults are in the second, third or fourth (or more) marriage. That would seem to be encouraging for divorced people who believe in marriage and who want to try again. But the bad news is that 60 percent of those marriages fail. The number climbs higher if both partners have been previously married. Those couples are 90 percent more likely to get divorced than if this had been their first marriage.
Brianna was a freshman in college in the spring of 2013 when she met her current boyfriend. A mutual friend invited them both to a get together. At the time, he had been in the Navy for about a year and was living on base. After getting to know each other for a few months, they began dating. Sure enough, just as they began to get serious, the ship began preparing for deployment. Throughout the fall of 2013, the ship began month-long cruises in preparation. She described trying to start a relationship but feeling lonely as he was constantly coming and going. Then on Valentine’s Day 2014, the ship left for nine months.
Have you lost interest in the activities you used to enjoy? Do you struggle with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness? Are you finding it harder and harder to get through the day? If so, you’re not alone. Depression can happen to any of us as we age, regardless of our background or achievements. And the symptoms of elderly depression can affect every aspect of your life, impacting your energy, appetite, sleep, and interest in work, hobbies, and relationships.
“I’ve been fine for years. Now I have nightmares every night and can barely function at work. What’s going on?”
“I thought I was over it. I even went to therapy as a kid! Why is it all coming back again?”
“I feel like I’m falling apart, but the abuse was years ago. Does this mean I’m getting worse?”
Earlier this week I participated for the first time in a “ladies’ night out” tennis round robin event in my community. Throughout the evening, I found myself noticing how many exclamations of “sorry” I kept hearing across all the courts.
Maybe it’s your 10-year-old son, Matt, and the dreaded science project. A week out and he is already in a dither – what should he do it, he doesn’t know, he doesn’t know where to start, he can’t do it. He’s overwhelmed, fluttering and complaining and sinking deeper and deeper into his anxious hole.
A new meta-analysis confirms that depression affects twice as many females as males, and this gap appears as early as age 12. The results, published in the journal Psychological Bulletin, are based on existing studies involving more than 3.5 million people in more than 90 countries.