Your Happiness Toolkit: 16 Strategies for Overcoming Depression, and Building a Joyful, Fulfilling Life

Your Happiness Toolkit: 16 Strategies for Overcoming Depression, and Building a Joyful, Fulfilling Life

by Carrie M Wrigley
Your Happiness Toolkit: 16 Strategies for Overcoming Depression, and Building a Joyful, Fulfilling Life

Your Happiness Toolkit: 16 Strategies for Overcoming Depression, and Building a Joyful, Fulfilling Life

by Carrie M Wrigley


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Looking for powerful, practical strategies to help yourself or someone else struggling with depression? This comprehensive guidebook provides a rich supply of resources, insights, and techniques you can use - starting today - to help yourself, or someone you care about.

This is not just another book about depression. This is a book about HEALING from depression - and it is a guidebook for PREVENTING depression in the first place. Brimming with time-tested, highly-customizable techniques, this book will help you build your own individualized toolbox of drug-free strategies to promote healing, resilience, and emotional wellness - from the inside out.

Here in this well-stocked strategy manual, you will find:

  • 16 powerful self-help tools to overcome depression and other emotional challenges - even if you think you've "already tried everything."
  • 5 quick-start Transformational Tools you can use right away to bring relief, rebuild hope, and move in a positive direction.
  • A 4-point individualized assessment model, to help identify the specific causes of THIS particular depression - and then identify specific healing solutions to address these issues.
  • Clear understanding about what FEEDS depression, what FIGHTS it, and how you can build and maintain a positive, depression-resistant lifestyle over time.
  • Valuable insight about why depression has become so common in recent years - and what you and your loved ones can do to live happily in an ever-more challenging world.
  • Compiled and developed over thirty-plus years by counselor and public health educator Carrie M. Wrigley, LCSW, the healing strategies provided in this book can also help:

  • relieve anxiety
  • promote addiction recovery
  • facilitate healing from abuse, trauma, or grief
  • resolve conflicts in relationships and families
  • improve self-confidence and self-esteem
  • enhance emotional and physical wellness
  • This book also serves as a valuable resource manual for counselors, educators, healing professionals, chaplains, ministers, parents, caregivers, and others seeking to provide relief and positive guidance to those within their care. it gathers and integrates the best resources from a vast wellspring of well-researched programs such as:

  • CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • IPT (Interpersonal Therapy)
  • MBTI (Meyers-Briggs) personality assessment
  • Behavior Modification
  • Nutrition, exercise, and activity
  • Communication and relationship skills training
  • A Quick-Access Guide and user-friendly navigation are provided, making it easy for readers (including professional helpers) to find just the resource needed to meet the need at hand. A thorough Bibliography (organized by topic and tools) is also included, making it easy to find additional information regarding strategies you find most useful.

    Whether you face your own emotional challenges, seek to extend emotional relief to others, or are simply determined to stay happy and well-balanced in an ever-more challenging world, this well-stocked strategy manual is for YOU -- teaching you, one step at a time, how to build and maintain enduring happiness, vibrant productivity, and rich fulfillment in life.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781733117500
    Publisher: Morning Light Publishing
    Publication date: 08/24/2019
    Pages: 444
    Sales rank: 881,035
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

    About the Author

    Carrie Maxwell Wrigley, LCSW, has been a counselor for over thirty years, specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, grief, trauma, and relationship challenges. She currently works in her private practice, Morning Light Counseling, in Sandy, Utah. Carrie has also been a public health educator for over twenty years, providing education on emotional recovery, and teaching courses on marriage and family enrichment. She has developed several websites to share information on these various topics, including Carrie received her formal education at the University of Utah, obtaining first a BFA in Theatre, and then returning later for her MSW (Master of Social Work) degree. Carrie has a particular interest in prevention, and is passionate about sharing practical strategies that individuals can use to create and maintain emotional wellness over time, with a strong emphasis on self-help, and building self-efficacy. Carrie also uses her artistic gifts to spread a message of hope, healing, and wellness. Trained as an actor, she is an engaging and dynamic presenter, who uses storytelling and original music to amplify her teaching. She is a prolific songwriter, whose music has been used in school, church, and community settings. Her inspirational and religious music has been heard by thousands, and is now available on her website, and on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. She spent twelve years developing and sharing a Character Education Through Music program for elementary and middle school students, creating fun original music (available at to teach values such as responsibility, caring, inclusion, anti-bullying, and community. Carrie also continues to love acting on stage and on film; her acting credits can be found on Music and acting continue to be an integral and joyful part of her personal "Happiness Toolkit." Carrie has been married for over thirty years to her husband, sweetheart, and business partner, Steve Wrigley. They are the parents of five amazing children; and Carrie is the oldest of seven children. Lessons from her family life permeate this book, and these relationships remain the most central, enduring, and joyful core of her life. Carrie is also sustained by her faith, which is the anchoring foundation for her life and work. The material in this book was presented first in a religious context, as "Christ-Centered Healing from Depression." Repurposed later for a more inclusive audience, this material continues to reflect that "light which shineth in darkness." Years of experience truly affirm: "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning." To Contact the Author If you'd like to contact Carrie for speaking engagements, performances, counseling services, or simply to offer feedback or ask additional questions, she can be reached at her through any of her websites: - counseling practice - resource library on counseling topics - education music, including lyrics - and inspirational music, including lyrics -, performance information, and bookings

    Table of Contents

    FOREWORD, by Seth Adam Smith



    1. YOUR HAPPINESS TOOLKIT: What It Is, How to Build It, and Why

    2. OVERCOMING DEPRESSION: What Helps, What Doesn’t, and How to Choose a Healing Course

    3. UNIQUE TO YOU: Understanding Your Depression and Your Happiness Toolkit

    4. 21st-CENTURY DEPRESSION: An Expanding, Worldwide Epidemic—How to Survive and Thrive

    5. BUILDING YOUR HAPPINESS TOOLKIT: The Ultimate, Lifelong Do-It-Yourself Adventure!


    Natural powers you were born with—but may have laid aside for a time

    1. ACTION: Do What You Love—And Do What Loves You Back!

    2. FEELING: Feel and Express Your Actual Feelings

    3. POSITIVITY: Notice and Enjoy the Good Things

    4. LEARNING: Develop New Abilities and Skills

    5. CREATIVITY: Focus on Creating Rather Than Consuming


    Skills generally learned at a young age as a natural part of growing up

    6. IDENTITY: Know and Value Your Unique Traits and Gifts

    7. RECORDING: Write and Preserve Your Life Experience

    8. SEEKING: Reach Out for Guidance, Support, and Insight

    9. SOCIALITY: Engage in Meaningful Social Connections

    10. SERVICE: Joyfully Share What You Have and Are with Others


    Powerful skill sets that must be intentionally and strategically learned

    11. HEALTH: Care Wisely for Your Body—And Your Brain

    12. ACTIVITY: Enjoy Daily Health-Promoting Movement

    13. ORDER: Organize Your Time, Resources, and Living Space

    14. THINKING: Direct Your Thoughts in Positive, Productive Ways

    15. CONNECTION: Communicate and Relate Well with Others

    16. HEALING: Repair Old Wounds and Move On with Joy!


    CONCLUSION: You Can Overcome Depression and Find Joy—Even in a Challenging World

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

    BIBLIOGRAPHY: References to Source Materials by Chapter

    QUICK ACCESS GUIDE: Overview of Topics and Tools and Topics by Chapter


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