Sandra R. Shupe is a poet and has published articles on music, musicians and sustainable living. Because her father, a medical doctor, taught that wholesome food was the best assurance of good health, she has sought natural solutions for personal and family well being. Choosing Joy: Handbook For Opting Out Of Depression is her first book, written from personal experience in dealing with depression. As a mother of five children, an educator, and community leader, she feels the importance of inspiring others to live joyfully. She lives in Ogden, Utah, with her husband of 45 years. She loves gardening, singing, jamming, reading and learning. She enjoys sharing time with family and other creative and stimulating people.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ogden, Utah, a small town north of Salt Lake City. I am a member of the predominate religion here, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, better known as Mormons. We believe in an eternal existence and we seek happiness in this life and the next. The reassurance that happiness is possible led me to find the tools I write about in my book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first book I read but I do remember reading under the covers with a flashlight when my parents thought I was sleeping. It was my first act of disobedience. Reading is still one of my greatest pleasures.
Wellness from depression begins when the depressed person learns different reactions to the triggers for his/her depression, heals the mind-body response, and creates safe and peaceful relationships. Choosing Joy: Handbook For Opting Out Of Depression defines the needed skills, teaches their applications and encourages perseverance.