The Best Cure for Depression
The other day, the new issue of Psychology Today arrived at the office. Among the stories on the cover was one entitled “Can Yogurt Cure Depression?” I caught a quick glance at the title and it almost didn’t register. Then I thought, “Wait a minute! Did I really just read what I think I just read? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen!”
Here’s my thinking: Every time I put on a few pounds and start getting disgusted with myself, I get “virtuous” and bring yogurt in for lunch instead of a sandwich. I’ve found that it not only doesn’t cure any depression I might have, it actually casts a depressing pall on an otherwise bright and sunny day! I see the tiny container and think “You mean, that’s really all I get to eat right now?! What devastating news! The prospects for curing my depression would soar if I were eating a chicken parm sub instead.”
Later that same day, I was finishing up a session with a group of 6th grade boys. We usually spend 10-15 minutes in my office at the end of each session having a snack. If we have enough time, we do a short activity. The other day, there wasn’t much time left so we just chatted for a bit. I brought up the topic of that yogurt article and how ridiculous I thought it was and everyone agreed. Then one of my guys offered up this gem:
“Actually, what cures depression is stuffing your face with food you love with people you love.”
It made me scratch my head for a minute. Is this really a 6th grade boy, saying something tender (kind of) among other 6th grade boys? He continued:
“Or, if you’re a cannibal, stuffing your face with the people you love.”
And I thought “That’s more like it!”
My boy insists he made that up himself. I have my doubts. But even if he cribbed it, his timing was pretty perfect.
I’ve been busy and a bit stressed out all week but my mood has improved 10 fold since he made that joke. The best cure for depression is NOT yogurt.