There is a school of thought known as positive psychology which appears it has the potential help prevent and cure an awfully lot of mental illness if only people would take it seriously. The Alpha Galileo Foundation reported on Sept. 9, 2013, "Trying to be happier really can work: Two experimental studies."
It's really true, it is generally possible to think yourself into being happy. In a recent study participants who listened to happy music and who actively attempted to feel happier reported experiencing the highest level of positive mood thereafter. In another study participants who listened to happy music and who were also instructed to focus on improving their level of happiness reported feeling a greater increase in happiness than those participants who were told to simply focus on the music.
Yuna L. Ferguson and Kennon M. Sheldon presented the results of their recent experiments dealing with trying to become happier in The Journal of Positive Psychology. These studies have demonstrated that listening to positive music offers an effective way to improve happiness, particularly when this is associated with an intention to experience greater degrees of happiness. Dr Harold Mandel Online supports the concept that positive psychology promotes happiness and good health in body, mind and spirit.