Forcing Yourself to Be Happy Is a Warning Sign of Depression

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Forcing Yourself to Be Happy is a Warning Sign of Depression

When someone is feeling depressed, it takes a lot of effort to show the world they're okay. More times than not, individuals struggling with depression symptoms wear a mask of happiness to hide the true emotions that are stirring inside of them. When you force yourself to be happy, that's a warning sign that something is wrong. It isn't healthy to try to convince everyone around you that you are okay when, in truth, you are the absolute opposite.

Faking Happiness: You're Only Fooling Yourself

There is a difference between telling yourself you're happy and being proactive and making that happiness happen. You can't just work on convincing those around you that you are happy, you must work towards that happiness so you convince yourself of its importance. It's important to find ways to reach the point where you don't need to force out a smile, but so it comes naturally and comfortably.

By finding appropriate depression coping skills, you can work towards not having to prove to everyone how you feel, but to actually feel the way you deserve to. It's okay to admit to yourself you are unhappy when you are feeling depressed or low. However, when you feel that way constantly and must put on a happy face for those around you, that's when it becomes something that must be worked on.

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Aline, J. (2014, November 3). Forcing Yourself to Be Happy Is a Warning Sign of Depression, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 24 from

Last Updated: June 4, 2023

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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