Community involvement vital in battling depression
As Stephen Hawking once said, "Quiet people have the loudest minds."
Introverted, quiet people tend to be more introspective and sensitive and they often set high expectations for themselves.
Introverts spend a lot of time inside their own heads, judging themselves and putting themselves down. Some of the most depressed people are isolated and are deliberately or unintentionally cut off from friends and family.
Conversely, some of the world's happiest people are those who think outside of themselves. These people are active in their community.
They seek opportunities to help other people; taking vicarious pleasure in others' wellbeing and joy. Such people give much of themselves and are aware of the positive impact they can have on others.
Self-esteem and self-awareness, along with the emotional quotient (EQ) is improved by developing genuine care and concern for other people and thinking beyond oneself.
Whilst depression is complicated and vastly different for distinct individuals, the involvement in sports, recreation and community projects are active strategies and a way forward to lift one's mood and to start thinking beyond the ego.