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Meet. Play. Be Love.

Meet. Play. Be Love.

When Happy People Get Depressed, Part 3 Another inner-conversation from last month’s dip into depression...& an antidote for just about everything! When Elizabeth Gilbert went on her epic journey to three countries to rediscover her passion, she began from a place of depression. At one point, she was literally on the floor of her bathroom wondering if she would ever get up. I don’t have the luxury right now of traveling to far-away lands, and besides, I want to get through these layers of...

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