Light Reading for Depressed People

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red lightening
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   Posted 1/8/2011 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Personally I have found great solace in Paranormal Romance paperbacks. It is a fairly new genre. The nice thing about these stories is 'they all live happily after." Of course they go through difficulties, trials and hardship but love prevails. They are also filled with enough fantasy to escape into an altered world where magic really happens. I have a whole collection of them You can get them at Wal-mart for $5. 99...or the library.

It is hard to concentrate when I'm down and these books are easy reads. Sometimes I have to read very slowly to get it!

I am also interested in Fiction Novels that aren't too heavy...in other words; no murder, abuse, politics or religion.

Do any of you have any suggestions for some good reading material?

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   Posted 1/8/2011 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Red Lightning. When I'm in the thick of depression I am unable to read "serious" books myself. I just don't have the concentration to do that. I'm embarrassed to admit that when this happens I turn to Silhouette romance novels. Or sometimes I do word searches (found at your local dollar store in very large print) because that isn't serious thinking but will take my mind of off current things too. Last, I must admit that my inner child still loves to color so if I can get my hands even on a kids coloring book it helps decrease my stress and actually gets my mind of off the depression for awhile.

Good luck in your search!

Cass

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   Posted 1/8/2011 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Red Lightning,

Thanks for sharing. I find it hard to concentrate on a novel type book, but I like to read magazine articles. And I read a lot on the internet. But I keep a book close by so if I have the desire to, I can pick it up and read a little. Right now I am reading a puppy training book, but it isn't really helping me right now. I am a little disappointed in it. I have a stubborn dog, she is 11 months old. She is a german shepherd, and she jumps on people. She bites me playfully but it still hurts. So I am trying to remedy this. There are a couple of other problems that we have with her too. She is still young and bigger than she thinks she is I think. But that is what I have been reading. I know this isn't much help but I thought I would share anyway.

I hope that you find something that you enjoy to read. I get a lot of my books through Amazon as you can get them used, I do read self help books too.

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red lightening
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   Posted 1/8/2011 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, great ideas everybody! I may head over to Borders today and see what jumps out. I'm almost up for a self-help book but I tend to rarely finish those. With the romance novels I get a feeling of satisfaction because I actually read the entire book!

I used to paint watercolors but was too critical of my efforts. I had a hard time finding joy in all the mistakes. I know that is the wrong attitude to invite the muse but it was that way.

I think I will create a beautiful space on top of my dresser with flowers, candles and a photo or something. Creativity comes in so many different ways!

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   Posted 1/8/2011 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
We are our own worst critic. I bet if somebody else saw your water colors, they would love them. And if you put them away, out of sight for awhile, then look at them again, you may like them better. I do that with my painings. Instead of seeing mistakes, you see them as they are. A work of art.

It sounds like you have a wonderful day planned. I am glad that you are feeling creative. That is a good thing.

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It's Genetic
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   Posted 1/8/2011 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Oops, that was light reading you were talking about.

I need to think about that one a little.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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