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Old 11-27-2012, 01:16 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Only for short periods and then it is snatched away in the blink of an eye.
Sadly I've found this to be all to common.

MountainMan, great photo. I've found Lassen difficult to visit as I like to go to the parks in the winter to avoid crowds. But Lassen packs in so much snow it seems like the place is always closed!

I have had a number of experiences like this in Yosemite though. Of course, you have to start hiking at or before dawn if you want to get a nice view without 2200 of new (and usually very loud) friends joining you. I've also found snow shoes helpful in avoiding the masses.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:04 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I always feel better when I come back from a ride. BUT the Winter months get to me every once in a while. I think it's the shorter days for sure. I've battled depression all my life and I guess I cope with it more or less.

My dogs have helped out greatly for me. Kinda nice to have a couple of warm fuzzies around to keep me on my toes.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:00 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I always feel better when I come back from a ride. BUT the Winter months get to me every once in a while. I think it's the shorter days for sure. I've battled depression all my life and I guess I cope with it more or less.

My dogs have helped out greatly for me. Kinda nice to have a couple of warm fuzzies around to keep me on my toes.
Does living in Northern climes, like we do here in the UK, have an effect on depression rates?

For example do those folk who live in say Florida or Italy or Spain have less depression?

Anyway, glad to hear you have your four legged friends. I have an old 13 year old border collie as well as my dear family around and a wife of 27 years who keeps me ''on track''

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Old 12-02-2012, 01:51 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Does living in Northern climes, like we do here in the UK, have an effect on depression rates?

For example do those folk who live in say Florida or Italy or Spain have less depression?
I'm pretty sure if I had to live in Florida my depression would be worse! No mountains...all flat lands...no curves...no thanks.

Heck, I'm a boat guy (own two myself and work in the industry) and even I don't want to live in Florida!
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Does living in Northern climes, like we do here in the UK, have an effect on depression rates?

For example do those folk who live in say Florida or Italy or Spain have less depression?
According to the WHO, Sweden's suicide rate per 100,000 people is double of Italy's.

Here's some more info:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/0...suicide-rates/
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i dont think ive ever experienced any kind of serenity in my life, maybe one day.
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Serenity is not possible to sustain, because of Fate. Even when "things are going well" it's just a matter of time before they are not going well. The Sword of Damocles hangs over all of us. Learning to be content in spite of the turmoil is the elusive goal.
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Does living in Northern climes, like we do here in the UK, have an effect on depression rates?

For example do those folk who live in say Florida or Italy or Spain have less depression?
I read a study recently that Denmark was the happiest country in the world. Seriously.
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Well, in accordance with Lefty's claims, I know that the Swedes seek "light therapy" to attempt to prevent them from sucking on the vodka bottle and topping themselves throughout their 6 month winter. It's hard to believe that their neighbours are the happiest people on the planet;

they can't be Aussies are!
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There is an interesting article in this week's New York Review of Book by Leszek Kołakowski titled "Is God Happy?" that address can one truly be happy in the presence of evil and sadness. He specifically asks can a Buddhist obtain enlightenment and serenity - happiness - and still be connected to the world or can a Christian be in happy in heaven and still connected to the suffering of others in the world and, if not, are you still you.

Great article.
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