ABOUT THE BOOK

“A happier depression? What are you, nuts?” Well, no. And neither are the millions of people who live with depression, anxiety, and stress. Like author and therapist, Seth Swirsky, who has experienced all of these feelings himself, sometimes people need a little bit of help keeping depression or anxiety at bay in order to find happiness in their lives. 21 Ways to a Happier Depression offers practical tasks that can help people slow-down or stop the downward spiral of depression or anxiety in order for them to find their footing and step through the debilitating fog of depression and anxiety. 21 Ways to a Happier Depression, written in an easily accessible, conversational style, allows readers to choose from a variety of simple tasks to help them get through those challenging times.

“I’ve been there and know what it’s like to feel like you’re walking through quicksand,” says Swirsky. “I discovered some simple coping techniques that really work for me, and I’ve advised my patients to try them, too. And they found these tasks easy to accomplish, and the results are amazing.” In addition to being a Beverly Hills-based therapist, Seth Swirsky is also a multi-award winning songwriter, filmmaker, and bestselling author. His creativity in these other artistic endeavors informs and complements his creativity in helping people alleviate and overcome depression and anxiety in inventive and inspiring therapeutic ways.

The ideas presented in this book can benefit all generations; Gen Y, Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers, and older will all find something in this book that may help them push through a difficult time. This is a book to keep on the nightstand, or coffee table -- somewhere within arms-reach -- and read often.

21 Ways to a Happier Depression is filled with original watercolor paintings and script by award-winning San Francisco-based fine artist, Kirsten Tradowsky, and is published by Sourcebooks, whose mission is to reach as many people as possible with books that will enlighten their lives. It is available at book stores and all online booksellers.



A MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHOR

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The reason I decided to write 21 Ways to a Happier Depression was not to cure depression or anxiety, but because I wanted to help people in a very simple way. You can turn to any page in my book, and there’s a new idea.

I want my book to feel like it’s your friend, that you could actually put it on your night table, and you could open it to any page at any time when you’re feeling stressed, and you could say, “Oh, I like that idea!”

I want to give people very simple, doable ideas. And that was the point of doing the book, that we could alleviate people’s fears, anxieties and depression and can actually help them.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Seth Swirsky, a New Haven, Connecticut native, is a self-described "manic expressive," an American pop music songwriter (including the Grammy-nominated "Tell It To My Heart"), an author, a recording artist, a filmmaker, a political writer and a noted baseball memorabilia collector.

In 1980, at the age of 20, Seth Swirsky wrote the national jingle for Thomas' English Muffins. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1982, Swirsky wrote the Grammy-nominated hit "Tell It To My Heart" with Ernie Gold for Taylor Dayne. The song was on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart for six months in 1988, reaching No. 7. Following this hit, Swirsky went on to write or co-write many hits for a variety of popular artists such as Al Green, Tina Turner, Rufus Wainwright, Michael McDonald, Air Supply, Olivia Newton-John, The Go-Go's, and Celine Dion, among many others.

A recording artist in his own right, Swirsky has released five award-winning ablbums of his own.

An avid collector of baseball memorabilia, Swirsky's collection includes the ball that went between Bill Buckner's legs in the 1986 World Series (it was originally owned by Charlie Sheen; Swirsky got it in April, 2000); the only known bottle of 1986 sparkling wine from the Red Sox celebration that would never be; Reggie Jackson's third home run ball from the 1977 World Series; a ball signed by The Beatles the night they played their famous Shea Stadium concert in 1965; Tom Seaver's 1969 World Series jersey; the only known surviving ball from the second game of Johnny Vander Meer's two consecutive no-hitters, and the letter written by baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banning Shoeless Joe Jackson from playing Major League Baseball, among other historic items.

His love of all things baseball led him to write three books on the subject. Baseball Letters, the first of Swirsky's four books, was published in 1996. This bestseller consists of his handwritten correspondence with Major League baseball players including Ted Williams, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Whitey Ford. Every Pitcher Tells A Story, Swirsky's second book, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. The book consists of his correspondence with Major League baseball pitchers including Pedro Martínez, Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine and 70 others. Something to Write Home About, the third book in the trilogy, consists of letters to Swirsky from both ballplayers and fans of the game, including Sir Paul McCartney, President George W. Bush, President George H. W. Bush, Senator Ted Kennedy, former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, journalist Tim Russert, sportscaster Bob Costas and Peter Tork of the Monkees.

Swirsky’s fourth book, 21 Ways to a Happier Depression: A Creative Guide to Getting Unstuck from Anxiety, Setbacks, and Stress, was released in April of 2017.

Swirsky has been featured in many books including How to Raise an American Patriot: Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American, Beatles engineer Norman Smith's autobiography, John Lennon Called Me Normal, Chuck Negron's (of Three Dog Night) autobiography, Eric Carmen's autobiography and Clive Davis' autobiography.

In addition to baseball, Swirsky is also a huge fan of The Beatles. His full-length documentary, Beatles Stories, was chosen as an Official Selection at the 2011 European Independent Film Festival—considered the Sundance of Europe—and had its world premiere in Paris, France on April 3, 2011. This was followed by premiering in several notable festivals throughout the country. Beatles Stories was nominated for Best Score for an Indie Film or Documentary at the 2013 Hollywood Music and Media Awards.

The documentary consists of filmed interviews that Swirsky conducted with people who had a personal story or recollection about themselves and one or all of The "Fab Four." Some of the more than 110 individuals that Swirsky interviewed for the film are Sir Ben Kingsley; Graham Nash; Art Garfunkel; Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues; actor Jon Voight; Susanna Hoffs; former first daughter Luci Baines Johnson; former New York Yankee Bernie Williams; Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick; Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys; actor Henry Winkler; Indianapolis Colts football owner Jim Irsay; Smokey Robinson; Donovan; Beatles longtime producer Sir George Martin; John Lennon's "Lost Weekend" girlfriend May Pang; Beatles engineers Norman Smith, Ken Scott and John Kurlander; and American cultural icons Frank Gifford and Bob Eubanks, among others.

Swirsky's short film The Last Giant (which consisted of on-camera reminiscences of 1930s major league baseball All-Star Harry "The Horse" Danning, who was the last living member of the depression-era New York Giants baseball team until his death in 2004) was a 2007 Official Selection in both the (Washington) D.C. International Film Festival (DCIFF) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's 2nd Annual Film Festival.

Swirsky has contributed articles to online sites such as Real Clear Politics, The National Review (NRO), The Huffington Post, PoliticalMavens.com and The Jewish Journal. One of his pieces, "Why I Left the Left," caught the attention of Karl Rove, who invited him to lunch at the White House in July, 2006.

Swirsky's works have been written about in The New York Times Week In Review, Newsweek, Forbes, People Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Parade Magazine. USAToday did a feature story on him in 1997. He has been a guest on many major talk shows, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld on the Fox News Channel. He has been a frequent guest on ESPN's Outside The Lines as well as The Dennis Miller Show.

In 1999, Swirsky was featured in a PBS documentary about his eclectic life called The Passion of Play.

At his 50th birthday party at his home, Seth sang a duet with Davy Jones of The Monkees, which was captured in three sequences on film by photographer Henry Diltz.

Swirsky sang the National Anthem at Wrigley Field before the Cubs-Braves baseball game on August 23, 2011.

On June 23, 2013, Swirsky received a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University


WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

I really enjoyed this book. As someone who has suffered depression in the past, but who also has bouts of low mood, this book is great to find ideas to alleviate ones mood, The ideas in this book are very doable, interesting, fun and can make someone feel positive.
-- Alessandra

This book is full of creative, fun ways to beat the blues. It is easy to read, not at all clinical or dry. Just perusing gives one a lift. Thanks to the author for being such a cool guide!
-- Elliot

This was a cute and fun read. Some of the things were well-known suggestions that most people with anxiety and depression have probably heard (or tried) before, but some of them were new. I thought that the book was pretty entertaining to read and I definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers from anxiety/depression.
-- Tami

I have suffered from depression, anxiety, stress, you name it, for many years and was very excited to read this book from Seth Swirsky. I also saw he is a big fan of baseball, as I am, which made it even more fun for me to enjoy, especially when I read that one of his suggestions included writing his baseball heroes (I would love to write Texas Ranger stars Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton). This book offers some very creative and innovative methods to stop brooding and get your mind off of current troubles. I loved the illustrations, and I think that children that suffer from similar problems can benefit from Swirsky's suggestions as well. . . . A big plus for readers in a depression: this book is simple and easy to do. It doesn't take a lot of energy or preparation to complete, and you will reap the benefits very quickly.
-- Melissa

I just completed this book! Excellent read. Helped me a lot! Had Terrific Ideas to help one find Happiness! To the point! Author has knowledge in this area and that is demonstrated in every chapter. Will keep it as a reference and I am considering buying for a few of my friends/ family members! Buy it! You will not be sorry. Great investment for your Peace of Mind!
-- Kat

I suffer from depression and anxiety so anything that's going to help me I'm gonna wanna read! There are good ideas and tasks in this book that can help us all, not massive life changing things but little things, and little things mean a lot. . . . It's given me a little bit of hope that I can get through this, we all need a little help every now and again and this is a creative way to cope with how you are feeling. I will definitely be keeping this on my kindle to refer back to as it's a good tool to open yourself up to different ideas.
-- Sarah

I suffer from depression and anxiety, so I walked into reading this book a little skeptical. Because I was afraid it was just some overused and stupid suggestions. But I really liked this book. It came with so many different and possible ideas to help yourself through your depression. Things I didn't even think about trying. I also love that there isn't really long texts to every point. That could have made the reading experience worse. I also like the different artwork. A nice "break" from reading and it's beautiful and colorful. A point i also really liked was that the author talked from experience and didn't talk about something he hasn't even tried himself. It makes it even better reading it because it feels more believable. I'm definitely going to use some of the things in this book.
-- Jasmin

Seth writes in such a way that you actually go through the book within minutes. It had such a 'feel-good' vibe to it with practical steps on how to pick yourself up when you are in an emotional rut. I particularly enjoyed the illustrations as they were so colourful.
-- Toyin

Like a rainbow that appears after a downpour, Seth Swirsky offers subtle changes you can make in your everyday habits to chase the greys away. Do you swear you are happy, but inwardly you know that you are a few smiles short? This easy, short-chapter read offers simple, effective suggestions and delightful illustrations that will make you smile even before you close the book. Get one for yourself, and another for someone you know who could use a rainbow in their lives.
-- JLW



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