Not to turn this into a "Ask Shirley" column, but from someone who has experience, what would you do to combat melancholy? The not-quite depression, but still pretty shitty thing of feeling down, usually for no reason. I know there's some generic responses like "talk to someone about it", or "do something that makes you happy" but I'd still like to hear your opinion on it.
It really depends. One of the things I tell clients is that, no matter how hard one might try, it is really difficult to look at yourself objectively. There's probably something about your life that is leading to the sadness you are experiencing but it is hard to come to figure that out because we are all to close to ourselves to see what might be clear to someone other then ourselves.
What I would guess is that either there's something that is causing you to feel unfulfilled or there's something that is missing from your life that is causing you to feel this way. What I would probably try to do is ask questions about your life currently and in the past and try to gauge your overall satisfaction with these things. Then try to see what you would like to do that would make you feel more fulfilled. It could be anything that is causing or missing. Your job, your relationships, your hobbies, or anything else.
The basic thing is that there's something about your current situation in life that is making you feel unfulfilled. Probably. Again, it depends. But that would be where I would look first.
I see. Thanks for the advice.