Saturday, 9 August 2014

Friendship Report: The Bad Week

Dear Readers,

This week I have learned that our own emotions reflect upon our friends' emotions. In this instance I have had a fairly bad week,  and I'm not the only one. Of course I was sad and down for a different reason than my good friend Ash, who joined me in this bad week, but it didn't take long for our emotions to reflect upon Nath and Zaina.

Going back to my first little pony column where I introduced myself, I mentioned that I had recently overcame my depression. Unfortunately I still have periods of time where I sink back into my depressive state, usually because I start thinking about stupid possibilities. This week was one of those times, when I found myself thinking sad thoughts and feeling alone.

Without really thinking I decided to drag myself to Nath's house, knowing that after a about an hour of his company I'd be back to feeling myself again. Once I arrived there, I soon found myself cheering up, but after about two hours Ash arrived in a similarly bad mood, which wasn't that bad at first, and even he started to cheer up after a bit of (now) happy company from me and Nath.

Naturally that didn't last as long as we would have liked, because as scheduled Zaina turned up not long after me and Ash had cheered up, and then Ash fell into a pretty foul mood. Me being in the state I was in soon followed, and then the entire day became quite awkward until Ash left, at which point I was able to cheer up again since I didn't have his depression fueling my own.

I can at least say that we have both since cheered up now, and also say that Ash's mood was a one off. But the important thing is that your mood will affect your friends' mood, so do try and remember that when you next visit your friends. I know I'm a bit of a hypocrite saying that when I went to visit Nath when I was depressed, but I know he'd be able to cheer me up quite quickly, and that my mood wouldn't last long enough to bring him down. If all else fails, pretend to be happy, and soon you will cheer up and maybe even make your friends day.

- George Booth

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