The other day I was depressed, feeling kind a lonely and blue, so I decided to call my mother. When she picked up we talked for a bit and then I decided to spill the beans. I was getting them a portrait of themselves painted in Pablo Picasso style. Almost immediately I snapped out of a funk and into a good mood.
I had seen some of the artist’s work before and had originally wanted to have the artist draw me. I never followed through on having myself painted but the next time I came across his work on Fiverr.com I immediately got the idea to buy a portrait for my parents.
His other drawings/paintings examples are pretty accurate, so I put in the order. I wanted to make it a surprise but I couldn’t contain the excitement. Either they were gonna love it or hate it.
I had originally bought it for myself and somebody suggested that it might be selfish that I wanted it for myself. I didn’t see the point right away and I really didn’t agree, but I looked into it.
I played with the idea for a few minutes. What I came up with was that I would give it to them and then since I was gonna get the actual digital file I could always print one for myself.
I don’t think it’s so bad to get a portrait done with my parents to have on my desk and not give it to them right? As a reminder of my parents?
So my question becomes…does giving have a reversal effect on depression. Did my mood lift because I decided to think about someone else besides myself?
Did it work because I gave instead of kept?