Appreciation and mindfulness of the present place and time.

Appreciation and mindfulness of the present time and place.

For those of us fortunate enough to live with all our basic needs satisfied, you might have noticed that there is still a noticeable number of people who are depressed or unhappy either due to genetic disposition or not having some secondary needs met. Ironically, the rate of depression is higher in the first world than in the third world.

In a cross-national survey, around 90,000 people in 18 countries were screened for major depressive episodes using a standardized set of questions. Researchers found that people living in wealthier nations were more likely to have experienced a depressive episode than those in low or middle-income countries. However, in wealthier nations, poor respondents carry double the risk of depression.

What causes this difference in prevalence of depression? Perhaps it is due to less awareness about mental illness in poorer countries. Or, some researchers say it could perhaps just be that depression is an illness of affluence. That’s just some interesting info on location-dependent depression rates, but this article is about how we can improve our well-being (and in doing so possibly warding off depression at the same time).

Here, I will simply list the things that can improve general well-being and happiness. I will go into more detail for each in separate articles thereafter. Feel free to suggest things that I might have missed in the comments.

1. Health
2. Living/working environment
3. Growth mindset
4. Meaning
5. Relationships
6. Lifestyle and knowing what’s important to you
7. The 80/20 rule applied to various aspects of life
8. Positive experiences/ positive affect
9. Belonging/community
10. Financial stability