Do something productive with your hands. In the book, Lifting Depression, author and neuroscientist Kelly Lambert shares how she struggled to get over a period grief when her mother died. She noticed, however, that when she vacuumed the house, her spirits lifted. This lead to her eventual study of the “effort-driven-reward loop.” Her research showed that when we do something physical, particularly involving our hands, and it produces something tangible – a knitted sweater, a clean house, a repaired engine, a good meal – it activates the pleasure center in our brain and helps to lift our moods.
Don’t let life get you down!»