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Feeling Sad or Depressed, List 25 Favorite Things You Like

Updated on December 29, 2016

Rid yourself of feeling depressed - Keep your joy

Many people may get depressed or sad when they are not living a balanced life. This is why it's a great idea to make a list of simple things that make you happy. And you'll feel better if you have other people to share those same common interests with. Sometimes to prevent from feeling sad or depressed, it's a good idea to get a lot of rest every night. Proper sleep is 8 or more hours of sleep at night.

People also feel less sad when their appearance looks better. Some women may want to put on a little makeup during the day such as; mascara, a little eye shadow, and Chap stick. And men may want to shave some of the hair on their face; a little grooming makes a big difference. Because we all know that "when you look better, you will feel better."

Our lives would be so much better when we live it in balance. Try not to have too much idle time; keeping your mind busy with positive things is better for your mental health. Some people that are on diets are strict on themselves, if you want ice cream or cookies, go ahead and eat it, if it make you happy. But remember to stay balanced by only eating one scoop of your favorite ice cream and 2 or 3 cookies; perhaps.

There's a way to do everything. Only you know the positive things that make you happier. If there are certain people that you keep company with, and they are engaging in negative activity, then you may not want to form negative habits for yourself by the company you keep.

Also try to change certain habits you have that may be causing the depression. Ask God for wisdom in prayer of things that you need to change in order to get out of the sad moods. Happy moods are a touch away, allow yourself to get to know you, and change what you need to change to get better. And it's a good idea to post positive comments on social media to assist with your daily good mood routines, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Plus.

There are many things that may make people sad in life, but if it's something that has to be done and it is something positive then "do what you have to do." And there are many things that may make you happy in life as well, and that is what you're going to focus on when the positive things you "have to do" are complete.

When you do positive things that make you happy, your body sends a message to your brain, which tells you "this is fun and it makes me happy." The positive happy messages from the body to the brain will lower the effects of depression. The key to doing this is not to over-indulge, which may prevent from being unbalanced in the happy things you do.

List Your Favorite Things
List Your Favorite Things

Simple things that make you happy

The list to the left are ideas you can use to make "a list of your favorite things" on paper or on your computer (I use "notepad" software, already installed in most computers). The list will only help make you happy and keep you in a good mood throughout each day.

I can tell you a few of Sabrina Ann's favorite things:

  • Foods - Mexican and Soul food
  • Movies - Not Easily Broken (Tyler Perry)
  • Online games - Scrabble (
  • Books - Napoleon Hill (motivational book)
  • Music - Inspirational, R&B, etc.
  • Local places - Library, Park, Movie Theater
  • Intellectual conversations and intellectual people
  • Nature sights - flowers, birds, sky, etc.
  • TV Show - The Haves and Have Nots (Tyler Perry)

Those are a few of my favorite things.

On the list #8 "occupations" you can list jobs you've already had that you like doing. Next is #9 "people" on the list, people that uplift you with positive words and they follow-up on your well-being. On #17 "Chores" list things that you need to clean that will make your daily life better and happier such as cleaning your bedroom, car, kitchen, shampoo carpet, etc. Number 18 on the list is "You as a person" name what you like about yourself as a person, example; being a mother, being a husband, being a daughter, being a cousin, being a friend, etc.

Make a simple list of your favorite things - You can use these sample ideas

  1. Foods
  2. Movies
  3. Board Games
  4. Online Games
  5. Types of music
  6. Local places to go
  7. Nature sights
  8. Occupations
  9. People
  10. Snacks
  11. Books
  12. Online web browsers
  13. Colors
  14. Motivational speakers
  15. Hobbies
  16. Outdoor activity
  17. Chores
  18. Qualities about yourself
  19. Certain websites
  20. Bible verses and scriptures
  21. Scents you like
  22. Hairstyles
  23. TV Shows
  24. Do-it-yourself projects
  25. Good Christian Sermons

Try to put all the your sad and depressed thoughts into an imaginary trash-can. Focus on things that will help your life better and that will make you live a comfortable life. People will feel less sad when they are easily amused with the simple things in life. Become amused by small compliments that people give you, and accept the compliments. Also be enthusiastic about small things around you in your daily life such as, good features about you (hair, eyes brows, height, etc.), your family, friends, home, talents and gifts, etc.

In most cases, depression is nothing if you don't allow it to consume you, also your joy within will show up in your actions and in your attitude.

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Press play to listen to this video - (by Julie Andrews) My Favorite Things

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    • Ronnie555 profile image

      Ron Clark 

      5 years ago from USA

      I love this hub. Just wanted to say thanks for posting the info!

    • Ann810 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Dwachira, Going for a walk with someone you really like makes the walk worth it. Thanks for your comment, be Blessed.

    • dwachira profile image

      [ Danson Wachira ] 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Ann810,

      I like to take a walk and enjoy nature when am not in the mood, i get reconnected with worldly peace of nature feel relaxed and more calm. Thanks for this list, a great one for those bad days. Voted up and useful.

    • Ann810 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Esther, Every little small thing can help to get out of feeling down. Thanks for your comment.

    • Esther  Strong profile image

      Esther Strong 

      6 years ago from UK

      Great advice for not getting in a rut - life truly is what you make it.

    • xstatic profile image

      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Ooops, I misspoke, it is John Coltrane, not Miles on that song.

    • Ann810 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Xstatic, thanks for reading this article, I'm glad to give good advice. I'll check out that jazz version of "My Favorite Things" by Miles Davis.

    • xstatic profile image

      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is great advice! I love that song, and Miles Davis does an incredible jazz version of it too.


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