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A large number of women, particularly young women, are by nature constituted with minds so exceedingly restless, or with such a strong physical tendency to nervous depression, that they can by no possibility keep themselves in a state of even tolerable cheerfulness, except by being continually occupied. At what, matters little; even apparently useless work is far better for them than no work at all.
The sufferer on waking in the morning---that cruel moment when any incurable pain wakes up too, sharply, too sharply! and the burden of a monotonous life falls down upon us, or rises like a dead blank wall before us, making us turn round on the pillow longing for another night, instead of an insupportable day---should rouse herself with the thought: "Now, what have I got to do to-day?" (Mark, not to enjoy or to suffer, only to do.) She should never lie down at night without counting up, with resolute, uncompromising, unexcusing veracity, "How much have I done to-day?" "I can't be happy," she may ponder wearily; "tis useless trying---so we'll not think about it; but how much have I done this day? how much can I do to-morrow?" And if she has strength steadily to fulfil this manner of life, it will be strange if, some day, tha faint, involuntary thrill that we call "feeling happy" does not come and startle into vague, mysterious hope, the poor wondering heart.
Another element of happiness, incalculable in its inlfuence over those of sensitive and delicate physical organization, is order. Anyone who has just quitted a disorderly household, where the rooms are untidy, where meals take place at any hour and in any fashion, where there is a general atmosphere of noise, confusion, and irregularity---doing things at all times and seasons, or not doing any thing in particular all day long---who emerging from this, drops into a quiet, busy, regular family, where each has an appointed task, and does it; where the day moves smoothly, subdivided by proper seasons of labor, leisure, food, and sleep---oh, what a Paradise it seems! How the restless or anxious spirit nestles down into it, and almost without volition, falls into its cheerful round, recovering tone and calm and strength.
"Order is Heaven's first law," and a mind without order can by no possibility be either a healthy or a happy mind. Therefore, beyond all sentimental sympathy, or contemptuous blame, should be impressed upon all women inclined to melancholy, or weighed down with any irremediable grief, this simple advice: to make their daily round of life as harmoniously methodical as they possibly can; having no odd hours, scarcely an odd ten minutes, to be idle and dreary in; and by means of orderly arranged, light, airy rooms, neat dress, and every pleasant external influence that is attainable, to leave untried none of these secondary means which are in the power of every one of us, for our own benefit or that of others, and the importance of which we never know until we have proved them.
The Young Lady's Guide
American Tract Society
•FIND WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!
•WHAT IS IT THAT THRILLS YOUR SOUL?
•DO CERTAIN PEOPLE BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOU?
•STAY AWAY FROM TOXIC PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS THAT MAKE YOU UNHAPPY, MAD, AND DEPRESSED---TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY AND SITUATION. MEANING YOU DON'T WANT TO DISHONOR YOUR MOTHER OR SISTER...TRY TO MAKE THINGS WORK IN THESE TYPES OF SITUATIONS...
•ORDER, AS THE ARTICLE STATES CAN BRING A CERTAIN PEACE...WORK ON THAT!
•GET MORE EXERCISE
•GET MORE FRESH AIR AND SUNSHINE
•IF YOU ARE TRULY DEPRESSED, AND NOTHING SEEMS TO HELP...SEEK HELP FROM A TRUSTED SOURCE: YOUR DOCTOR, OR A THERAPIST!
•LIFE IS TOO SHORT---BE WIDE AWAKE AND JOYFUL, EVERYDAY!
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