The Ultimate Cure For Depression

It's interesting to me how we spend much our lives searching for meaning.

For purpose.

For depth.

Almost as if it's hidden or unseen.

In the past year, I've found it. I've never been happier or more satisfied or more connected than I am now. The answer is people. But it sounds too simple doesn't it?

Even though I've made millions, been in magazines and on television, nothing compares to the true depth of a close relationship.

A friend. A brother. A spouse. A child. A neighbor. It's as if God embedded it into our DNA. The video below showcases this simple power. It confirms that compliments and love and connection are what really cure human depression. It brings us out to focus on others and to appreciate their value. What a beautiful solution…. Get out there and give a compliment and watch your depression fall away like dust.

How often do you compliment people? What stops you from doing it every day? Let me know in the comments below.

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34 Responses

  1. It’s so wonderful to give and receive compliments… but only when the compliments are given with sincerity and received with grace. All too often statements like “I should have known you would look/do better than me” are passed off as compliments. We all need to learn how to look people in the eye and give simple, straightforward praise. We all need to learn also how to receive compliments without shame or embarrassment – rather than flinging them back or rejecting them as nonsense. Only then can they nurture our own self esteem and make the giver feel good too.

    1. Agreed! For some strange reason, it’s not always easy to receive a compliment. But I completely agree with you… especially your last sentence ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That was awesome! Hit my heart strings big time. Receiving compliments has been a rarity in my life. I work hard at seeing the good in others, yet I could still give more genuine compliments. This clip has reinvigorated me to step-up my game, encourage all I see. Thus giving to others what my soul longs for. Thank you Dale for your hard work in bringing positivity and love to a world that is growing ever colder!

  3. Is it wrong that I’m sitting here at my desk fighting back the tears? I’m a 52 year old 6’2″ 230 lb male by the worlds standards is pretty tough, is now sitting here with the biggest lump in his throat. I want to put these in every mall across America. Made my day! Thank you!

  4. There are helpful things in this post (video). Moving outside oneself to focus on another is a good thing. I was diagnosed with depression shortly after my best friend at the time committed suicide. He was 24; I was 27. It came at the end of a series of ‘events’ that started years and years before that. Clinical depression is real. It can be lessened. I don’t know if it can go away. I’ve read that the depressed brain left untreated for a prolonged time will rewire itself away from ‘normal’–whatever that is. Yes, complimenting others benefits them and the complimenter, but I don’t think it’s the ultimate cure for this particular form of mental illness. Thank you, Dale, for this post and for your other positive articles. You are offering something good.

    1. My heart truly goes out to you. My younger brother killed himself at 24, and my heart has been broken ever since. I agree that it is not necessarily the cure for depression but doing something nice for others does have a sort of uplift, if temporary, for our spirits. There is a new normal, and it isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is new and uncomfortable and sometimes not the way we wanted it to be. Hugs to you unknown friend.

      1. Thank you. I regret your broken heart, too. Shaun died 27 years ago, but sometimes … Well, I suspect you can complete that sentence. Yes, keeping one’s eyes off one’s self is a good thing. A “new normal”–I like that phrase. Thank you again.

    2. My heart aches for your loss, my friend. You are not in this alone, although at times you may feel like it. Stay positive and know that everything will work together for good.

  5. This is wonderful. However, please don’t forget those of us who have severe treatment-resistant depression. (I’ve dealt with it for 23 years now.) I’ve always done this on a daily basis, yet still suffer. (I always have… I never knew it could help depression.) Many people need much more help than this. Please don’t encourage them to throw that out the window. It can be a matter of life and death.

    1. Absolutely. I would never discourage any from seeking help from professional therapists if they suffer from severe depression. It was meant to be a thought-provoking video as to how much a giving and receiving a compliment can really lift someone’s spirits. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This is one of the most touching posts I’ve seen since I started to read Daily Positive. Sometimes every of us needs to remember the good in ourselves and it gets touchy when you hear those words from the closest ones. We are in need to remember what our being means to those who love us. But you always have yourself to make you remember all the good you have, even the ones the rest of the world don’t know yet…

  7. Dale Partridge,
    I just want to say thank you. Thank you for this wonderful “The Daily Positive”. Thank you for actually making my day happier and more positive. I look forward to seeing you email in my inbox and its always something I can’t just scan though I always deeply read and consider every time. Thank you so very much:)

    1. Wow Mercedes.. you have no idea how much that means to me. So blessed by you ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. THE TITLE OF THIS VIDEO IS TERRIBLY MISLEADING! If we could cure depression by just giving someone a compliment than we would all be cured! Daily depression is very complicated and it takes a team of professionals to help those who suffer. I am saddened to see that you have lessened it to a cutsie video with props. I find this video off putting and disgraceful. I would be interested in seeing your “ultimate cure” after you have walked a mile in the shoes of a depressed person. THAT would have some merit.

    1. Hi Mark, thanks for your input. I have struggled with depression my whole life, even though most people don’t know it because I’ve covered it up with being busy. I would never discourage any from seeking help from professional therapists if they suffer from severe depression. It was simply meant to be a thought-provoking video as to how much a giving and receiving a compliment can really lift someone’s spirits, as I know it’s done for me and all the people in the video.

    2. I agree that the title of this video is super misleading and ethically wrong. Depression is an extremely serious disease, and the fact that we are still struggling to find effective solutions is proof that this “cure” title is ridiculous. The more people tell depressed people they would just be happy if they did (xyz), the more depressed they feel.

      Complimenting others is obviously good and important, and it can beautifully change people’s lives. This video is cute and uplifting, but it has nothing to do with depression.

  9. This is a nice video but it does nothing to help a person who suffers with depression. I know because I had depression. Not something I want or would wish on anyone. My depression is
    mostly under control with help from my doctor and medication.but I can slip and fall. Unless you have been here, you will not understand what depression is like. I pray for anyone reading this, you never feel the hell of depression!

    1. Thanks for sharing Louise! I disagree that it does nothing to help someone with depression, as I’ve struggled with it before in my life and I know how uplifting a simple compliment from a stranger or loved one can be. It may not be the cure for you, but it certainly would help make the world a more personable and loving place, which I believe could in turn change the way people feel about others and about themselves.

  10. I’m currently in recovery for depression and it has been in my life a long time unknowingly (I’m only 21) but my hat goes off to this video, it’s heart warming. If only everybody in the world was like this, if everyone loved each other maybe there would be less suffering. The other day I was feeling pretty low and had to go the bank and the guy who served me was so nice to me he really cheered me up without knowing and made me feel less alone. Like I said, I wish there were more people like that! People are just too afraid to stand out or too uncomfortable giving love to others, which I think is a sad existence, I believe love can save us all!

    1. This is exactly the point of the video! So loved hearing your story about the bank.. that’s what it’s all about. Each of us simply taking the time to compliment a loved one or even a stranger. Love can DEFINITELY save us all. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. So glad to have came across someone who shares some of the same values as me, totally agree with you!! <3

    2. I just want you to know, Kelly Marshall, you aren’t the only 21 year old female that is going/has had depression.

    3. Hi Kelly, I’m also 21 and a little depressive. Your story about the bank makes me feel better because I work in a bank and try to be nice with everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Dear Dale, I burst into tears watching this video. Thank you for sharing many awesome stuffs on this website. Big hugs for everyone who’s struggling out there ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Respectfully, I ask you to PLEASE CHANGE THE TITLE OF YOUR VIDEO. It is touching and sweet, but it is NOT THE ULTIMATE CURE FOR DEPRESSION. The title is deceptive. Your video may be the cure for a bad day, but not for a disease. You said yourself that you suffer from depression, but you did not say you were cured after watching the video yourself. Dale I think you are doing great things by putting positive messages on the Internet! I am sure you would want people to know you also as an honest person, not a deceptive person. Therefore for your integrity and the integrity of your website I think the title of the video needs to be changed.

  13. Wow! I suffer from depression and have for the last 8 years. I have been accused of being selfish, insensitive and mean at times. If a single person out there would give a single compliment to someone daily, it would help people like me suffering and being told they aren’t worth their time. I am slowly digging my way put of this hole. My husband and kids help but sometimes a nice smile or compliment helps my day be brighter. I have lost a dear friend last year because she’d told me I was selfish. I don’t believe this is a cure to depression but it sure helps to know you are noticed and loved daily. Love the positive attitude Dale and you inspire me to strive to have it!

  14. I always make it a priority to compliment others and point out positive things about them. i know what it’s like to be put down and I hate to think of anyone else feeling that way. Or even just like they aren’t noticed at all. That can be just as bad I think. I’ve always been a very empathic person. I put people before myself a lot. I can’t imagine being any other way and I don’t think I’d want to be. There’s nothing better to me than putting a smile on someone’s face. The kinds of smile that comes when they know they are loved.

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