Here is a link to an excellent summary for the average person, very understandable, of current info about how to tell if you are depressed, or “in a slump.” It also provides info about things you can do (supported by research) to feel better.
From NPR.org, an excellent summary of research on stressed people (caregivers for loved ones with dementia) that identifies ways to cope that make a difference, and are do-able. Take a moment to identify one positive event each day. Tell someone about the positive event or share it on social media. This can help you savor the moment a little longer. Start a daily gratitude journal. Aim to find little things you’re grateful for, such as a good cup of coffee, a pretty sunrise or nice weather. Identify a personal strength and reflect on how you’ve used this strength today or
The New York Times published an interesting commentary about research on positive thinking on 10-26-14. The author, Gabriele Oettingen, is a professor of psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg. Her commentary, “The Problem With Positive Thinking,” reviews are cultural patterns and myths about positive thinking, and what research actually tells us about this common coping patterns. It turns out that the actual research about it finds it to be strikingly unhelpful. She cites several research examples in support of this. Her take: it feels good in the short run, but saps the energy and probably distracts