I ran across an ad for this York University psychological study on Facebook, of all places. The name, "Project Hope", intrigued me. As I read more, I found that it's about how psychological exercises can improve your mood and help with anxiety and depression.
Sign me up.
It's pretty intensive - you have to log into it every day for a period of time, but it's worth a shot. My first exercise involves writing down one positive childhood memory a day for a week. The email outlining the exercise mentioned that we tend to focus on negative, traumatic memories of childhood, which sets us up for anxiety and depression.
They're right. I'm sitting here trying to think of my earliest positive childhood memory, and all that comes to me is my mother in the hospital when I was two, being molested by a baby-sitter at the age of four, and my father passed out drunk on the bathroom floor when I was six.
This is going to be harder than I thought. But hopefully worthwhile in the end. I'll let you know how it goes.