By Kathleen Blanchard RN for EmaxHealth.com
It may be possible to treat depression by delivering happiness to people with depression, suggested by researchers at University of California, Riverside and Duke University Medical Center. Rather than focusing on medications, the scientists propose using Positive Activity Intervention, or PAI as depression therapy.
In their paper, “Delivering Happiness: Translating Positive Psychology Intervention Research for Treating Major and Minor Depressive Disorders,” the researchers honed in on the differences between happy and unhappy people.
Happy people are grateful and more optimistic than unhappy people – observations that come from decades of research. They tend to count their blessings and find it easier to be kind.