RELIGION – A REMEDY FOR DEPRESSION?
…Teaching people to be self-motivated would definitely have effect on their professions and make them to be more productive in their work place. Which on the other hand would have a direct effect on the general economy, because when people are happy they work better and it would increase the income of the country. Depression is estimated to cause 200 million lost workdays each year, at a cost to employers of $17 to $44 billion.
Another area self-motivation could help a country is, when citizens are happy it would improve their health and it would reduce medical overhead cost in the nation. Because people who are depressed are always on medication. Keeping people self-motivated would slash off all that.
“Motivation is the fuel, necessary to keep the human engine running.” ― Zig Ziglar
Friends, any how you look at it, there are more positives in learning to keep yourself and others motivated than we could imagine. This is one of the reasons why in nations where there is freedom of religion, people are always better off emotionally, mentally and psychologically than in nations where freedom of religion is prohibited.
Religious practices is a very strong form of motivation to devout believers. In most cases, believers tend to put their trust and burden on God, thereby hoping for some form of solace from above. That in itself reduces the burden individuals carry on their shoulders. Psychologically, this could go a long way to saving people from depression. Especially if they experience some form of reliefs, miracle or answer to their prayers. It is much more different than when someone has to shoulder his or her responsibilities all by himself.
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” –Charles Swindoll
However besides religion, we must be able to teach people at work places how to be motivated. One other way of helping our society get better is keeping people motivated through the media. I think we should intentionally apply mass media, in the area of helping nations reduce the burden of depression. If every media house, TV stations, newspapers, radio stations would commit to an hour program a week talking about how to systematically keep people motivated, we would save our nation billions of dollars in depression treatments. Research has shown that high levels of depression is costing England almost £11bn a year in lost earnings, in demands on the health service and in prescribing drugs to tackle the problem.
In short one of the lost important needs of our modern life is how to keep people inspired. If we could tech people not just to be insured but to be self-inspired and motivated, we would have gone a long way in improving people’s life in our age. It seems as if with every passing day, more people simply lose the motivation to live. People don’t just have the motivation to live anymore. People are losing passion for life by the hour. As we have stated above. This loss of interest in life leads to depression, mental sickness, anger, frustration, hatred, jealousy, the list goes on and on.
“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” –W. Clement Stone
To be continued tomorrow with the following points:
- The quest for energy
- Fear- a powerful motivator
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.