December 14th 2008 12:46 pm
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The holiday season can be difficult time for many people. This is the time of year my gramma often gets very sad, not because of people who have gone but because of Britanny, mama's Shih Tzu before me, who crossed the bridge many years ago. All of those Christmas carols just get gramma crying...
Other people get sad during this time because it is a time for family. Maybe their families are not living close by. Perhaps they don't have any family members and are all alone. Divorce, death, and distance can cause lots of people to become depressed. It's all of those 'D' words that come with the month of December.
This would be a good month to go out and do volunteer work. Help out at an animal shelter. Visit an elderly persons' care facility or Alzheimer's facility. Check out the local soup kitchen and help out there. Instead of staying home and feeling sad, get out and do something.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is truly a disease. It often does come in the month of December, when the sun goes down early, if it comes out at all (in some locales) for people. Dogs can also get SAD because maybe the weather causes humans to not want to take them out like they used to.
When December comes rolling around, get out more. Don't like the cooler/cold weather and all the forced holiday cheer get you down. Instead, do something. It will make you feel better. Gramma has learned that instead of feeling sad when she hears those songs (Britanny used to 'sing' with gramma which is why the songs make her feel sad), now gramma is learning to 'hear' Brit sing with her again.
Smile more. Others will smile at you. December doesn't have to be a depressing month. It can be a happy one, too.
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