I've been a bit depressed myself lately and found that volunteering does wonders. This last weekend our church cooked and served dinner at our local walk-in shelter . The people at the shelter were so thankful that you care about them., and the number of folks who need a good meal has increased dramatically. Also, the people that volunteer have become great friends . Being surrounded by warm, caring volunteers goes a long way to keeping your spirits up!
I agree that volunteering is a great way to make a diiference -- both to my own state of mind and, of course, the world.
When I find myself down I also like to learn something new -- it provides a good sense of achievement and doesn't require much effort. So I'll pick up a new book , usually a biography about a historical figure, or watch a new program on the History Channel. This also always helps put my problems into perspective!
You want to get rid of the blues? Take your dog for a walk - He will be so happy you care about him that he'll definitely lift your spirits - plus ythe extra exercise will also help chase the blues away. Or, for a special treat, take him to the pet store to pick out a new toy or the dog park to meet a new friend. My pooch and I do day trips and we always come back happier and more relaxed.