Anyone who's ever been seriously depressed or knows someone who has been understands that it's not something you can easily "snap out of," and that working with a mental health professional is often crucial. Most people do best with a combination of therapy and medication, but other lifestyle factors may also play a role: For example, several studies have found that people who have a strong network of friends are less likely to become depressed. (Here are 8 friends every woman needs.)
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Just as surrounding yourself with positive people may help keep your mood up, your surroundings matter, too. Of course, no one is suggesting that you can cure clinical depression by redecorating your home, but you just might be surprised by how much small tweaks can help. Whether you're looking for ways to complement your current depression treatment or just want to do whatever you can to maintain your already sunny disposition, try these tricks to transform your home into a happier place.