I usually just go hangout with friends, try and not think of what makes you depressed. I will admit that I get down on myself a lot, but I really love to help others out. I try and do that more then having myself be happy. I care more about others then myself.
That simple statement is the key to happiness. The most miserable people I know care about themselves first.
I have a good friend that I have to limit my contact with because she can tell you every single thing everyone has done in her entire life that has hurt her feelings, whether they meant to or not. I love her dearly, but I only talk to her once or twice a year.
She's a nurse, and refuses to believe that she could benefit from anti-depressants because scientifically she knows that if you have a certain mindset of misery, your brain "re-wires" itself to that frame of mind. She feels that she has gone through enough in life that she has the right to be miserable.
It's a shame because she's a loving, giving person, yet she is so focused on herself and her feelings that everything in life is a disappointment to her.
The happiest people I know are those who go out of their way to give to others without worrying about life evening out.
I firmly believe that life gives us more than it takes. We just take so many things for granted that we don't see it.
I've heard that if you have change in your pocket, you are richer than half the people on the planet. I don't know if it's true, but if you think about it- most of the people in the world don't have toilet paper.
Cheesy song from VeggieTales: "A thankful heart is a happy heart". Cheesy, but true.