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Dr Seuss had it right. Saturday May 4, 2013

As I explained yesterday, I've had to take the difficult decision to leave Moodscope, which has pretty much been my life over the last five years.

Now, last April I blogged about Theodor Geisel, the author of the Dr Seuss books and the benefactor who funded the main library at the University of California, San Diego - in which I did much of the research work on which Moodscope was founded.

I mentioned him a year ago, and do so again, because of his inspiring quotation: 'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened'. Actually his authorship of these words is disputed, but whether he originally wrote them or not, he certainly helped bring them to the public eye.

One thing of which there's no doubt is that I'm sad about moving on from Moodscope, and of course I'm disappointed that it has come to this - but I'm definitely also smiling about my incredible adventures during my time with it (and you).

More than 36,000 people read Moodscope's messages every day (we send out well over a million emails a month). The Institute of Psychiatry carried out independent research into Moodscope which shows it to have clinical potential. I've even lectured about my work at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Of course Moodscope is the sum of its parts rather than being the work of one, so I say this not to blow my own trumpet but to remind us both that there's usually more than one side to view most of what life sends our way.

When your mood is low, it's easy to see the negatives in what happens to you, but far harder to remember that there may also be positives - even if they're lurking beneath the surface.

As well as reminding me of Dr Seuss, it reminds me of one of cognitive behavioural therapy's thinking errors - 'all or nothing thinking' - which I write more about in my new ebook. Download a free copy:

http://www.joncousins.com

And let's make a deal today. Whenever there's a sunny side of the street, let's cross over to it.

As it's likely that Moodscopers will want to comment on this, and also highly probable that our email In-Boxes will be pretty busy, I'll be eternally grateful if thoughts, reflections and questions could be directed to our Blogspot:

http://moodscope.blogspot.com/2013/05/dr-seuss-had-it-right.html


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Comments

Susie Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 7:11am

So much luck with your next venture Jon. Your rewards will come! s x

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 7:13am

Go well Jon. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. Can I suggest you have a donate button on Moodscope website? Or could you post on how people can donate directly? Thanks

Eileen Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 7:57am

Dear Jon,
For goodness sake, go and earn yourself a decent salary! Your sacrifice to Moodscope is immeasurable; you have supported and enriched my mental health enormously and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Go well, and may your God bless you!
Thanks a million,
Eileen x

vivian marriott Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 8:17am

Dear Jon,
Thank you so much for all your emails. They have helped me and my friends when I forward them on. I know it must have been hard for you to decide to move and I am sorry that your reasons for doing this are due to money. I think we were all lucky to have you at all and want to thank you for giving your time in such a caring way. I think you inspire many people including myself.
I feel that although you are leaving you will still be doing special things but just in a different way. I and my friends wish you well.
Viv Marriott

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 8:32am

Hello Jon,
Thank you for all your work. I have benefited so much from using Moodscope and have found it an invaluable tool in looking back over the charts and showing myself what has worked and what hasn't worked in my experience of recurrent depression. This, together with some of my other new good habits have made my management of my mood situation so much better. I often send your daily emails on to friends. I and my friends wish you all the best. This cloud of financial pressure will certainly have a silver lining. Take Care.
Emma

JD Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 8:36am

When I read your emails, I feel as though you're talking to me - ME! - and I feel less alone and the failures feel less consequential. You do it so well. I know that moodscope isn't just down to one person, but you will be a hard act to follow. Thank you for so much.

JD Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 8:39am

When I read your messages, I feel as though you're talking to me - ME! - and I feel less alone and the failures feels less consequential. I know that moodscope isn't down to one person, but you will be a hard act to follow. Thank you for so much.

kirstie Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 8:56am

I can't tell you how much your daily moodscope messages have helped me, and helped me to help others close to me. Wishing you the very best for your new chapter and thank you for all that work. I was a bit shocked to hear it was all voluntary and wholeheartedly hope your talents get rewarded with some well deserved remuneration in your next venture...whatever it is, I am sure it will be life enhancing.

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 9:15am

Thank Jon for all your hard work and great help. Moodscope thanks to you has been a great help for me in good time and in difficult time. I wish you well in your new enterprise and know that whatever it is it will be an extremely valuable one. good luck and thank you.

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 9:18am

Dear Jon, Thank you for all the daily words of wisdom that have started my day with a smile or a nod of recognition. A donate button is a great idea to show our appreciation of all your hard work.

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 9:48am

Microfinance is a wonderful thing, I think, because many people can support some idea they appreciate with little effort. I'm not into that business and don't know about how it technically works, but I feel that this would be a at least helping source for you to stick to what you do so well!

The aforward mentioned donation button would be a first quick idea to help. why not just give us all the chance to donate via paypal for example?

best wishes and big thankyou from
marcus, germany

Peter - Donations for Jon Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 10:05am

All donatioans for Jon will be collected per paypal on my account and send to him:

Just send your donation in any currency via paypal to

brugger@brugger.ch

So far we have donations of 65€, 23 £, 18 SFR.

Thank you so much, Peter

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 10:35am

Hello Jon, I've never commented on here before but have been a moodscoper on and off for almost 2 years now. I too want to voice my gratitude for all you have achieved and say that I've really enjoyed my intermittent periods of moodscoping. Having a chronic long term disease (Rheumatoid Arthritis) I have been given other CBT sites by my doctors and found them infuriating so I come back to yours everytime and opt for those playing cards - which seem to make complete sense to me everytime I record my score.

And I'm also a huge devotee of Dr Suess - whose books have inspired the latest public art project I'm working on. I would always trust a Dr Seuss man to get things right and haven't been let down with Moodscope or your daily e-thoughts. I understand your reasons for having to quit but will miss your daily posts when they stop.

The only reason I remain on Moodscope Light is because I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and my moods are very influenced by how this systemic illness and the drugs are affecting me. I haven't really got anyone I want to bore with my ups and downs apart from sharing with other people with RA, so I wouldn't really benefit from the enhanced Moodscope much. However, for those who could afford to pay and do get a lot more benefit from having your friends looking out for you I would say that this is the best site of it's kind and so user friendly and easy to fathom and the daily messages make me smile and are so well written, thought provoking and non-patronising. All the best for future ventures and many thanks.

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 11:01am

Very sad that you are going.Very thankful for all you've done for me and everyone.Very good wishes for your future,quite understand your reasons!

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 11:58am

Dear Jon,

I found moodscope when I was suffering from a severe bout of recurrent depression and it proved to be invaluable. It was the first tool that helped me really manage and understand my illness on a daily basis.

I have recommended moodscope to others and the most recent feedback I had was how much it had helped them understand and also not feel so alone.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and good luck in your new chapter, you deserve the best.

Jo x

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 12:45pm

Dear Jon,

I wish you all the best of luck for your new venture. Your help has been tremendous and no doubt that I shall miss your daily mail enourmously. I do hope that you can make a good living income from now on,you deserve it. It would be nice to hear from you now and again.Thank you once more for Moodscope,keep it going.

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 2:41pm

A Dear Jon letter...my first!
Thanks! I have, for a long time, opened my emails in the morning hoping that someone might have taken the time to write..usual spam/crap and Moodscope!..Will I open it..maybe later..but I always do! Thanks again...Wishing you all the best x

Peter Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 2:46pm

Donations for Jon - Thank you all

Thank you very much Julia, your donation for Jon went thru via paypal.
I am collecting all the donations for Jon fiduciary on my paypal account:

brugger@brugger.ch

Peter Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 2:49pm

The donations for Jon can be made via paypal on
brugger@brugger.ch.

Thank you all very much,:

Right now we collected
€ 65
£ 28
SFR 32

Best wishes and greetings, Peter

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 4:20pm

A massive thank you Jon, for taking the time to connect and share your thoughts, observations and insights on a daily basis right into my inbox - an act of immeasurable kindness, the ripples of which will continue to encourage me on my journey. Go well on yours! Mx

Julia Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 4:51pm

Hi Peter. How does this work? I am called Julia but haven't donated so I assume it's a different Julia who has donated into your paypal account. I do pay monthly for the moodscope plus but that is something separate to what you are talking about.
Is what you are doing something that has been set up by the Moodscope team?

Molly Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 4:56pm

I have never posted before, but I read Jon's email every day and it helps me through. The emails make so much sense and help me through my day. It's so wonderful that someone is wanting to help so many people and get little back. I hope Jon that you have made this decision for the right reasons and not because you are depressed yourself. I will miss you for sure. I felt so connected to you. The moodscope score was also very helpful to me for quite a while but I stopped doing it, but almost relied on your emails every day, forwarding them to friends that I thought might benefit as well. So all I can say is thank you so much for this free service and for your dedication in wanting to help others. You have certainly helped me xx

SheNiteOwl Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 9:36am

Thank you simply does not seem enough... You have created something that is helping people around the world; me included.

Job Well Done...

Cat Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 9:44am

Jon,

Thank you for everything. I've been so grateful to receive a daily message and as others say, it feels as though you're talking directly to me. Your words are a great source of comfort and guidance at a time when life feels as if it is collapsing around me.

I wish you all the best for the future. Stay strong x

Peter Donations for Jon Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 10:23am

Hi Julia, thank you. Yes, there is another Julia (her Familyname starts with an F). he donatetd via paypal and she wrote, she is so thankful to Jon and was pleased to have the possibility to do it this way over my paypal account brugger@brugger.ch. I was in contact with Jon and Caroline a few times during the 2,5 years I am member of Moodscope ilk you, And I was very grateful for the big help the daily e-mails gave me in hard times and for struggling on. I asked before about the paypal-way (as I am a foreigner) to donate to mooscope. Jon has no account. So I decided to start the donation over my account brugger@brugger.ch (since many were telling, they would help Jon also with a donation to map a good next start).

I collect these donationas fiduciary for Jon and will send the total to his "normal" account 1:1 as a farewell gift to Jon with the names of all donators.

Till now we have ollected € 65, £28, SFR 32.

Best wishes and greetings, thank you, Peter

Peter Donations for Jon Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 10:28am

You can, dear marcus, I did, Julia did and more people grate- and thankful to Jon.

You can do it via paypal (since Jon has no own paypal account) to:

brugger@brugger.ch

I collect all the donations for Jon here and will send him the total as farewell-gift to his account.

Thank you, best wishes, Peter

Peter Donations for Jon Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 10:30am

Donate button:

via paypal you can donate for Jon.

to: brugger@brugger.ch

Thank you, Peter

Taragh Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 7:24pm

Jon. Just to say I've been inspired and impressed by such dedicated commitment to sharing your thoughts and advice daily for the benefit of others. Best wishes
T

Anonymous Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 10:01pm

Thankyou. Mood scope is amazingly helpful and I find the daily posts invaluable. All the very best for whatever you go on to do now. At least you can leave with the satisfaction that you have helped change many lives - and saved a few too, I've no doubt.

Yvonne L Mon, May 6th 2013 @ 11:47am

I'm sure I will continue to enjoy Moodscope daily emails, which often seem so apt to what is going on in my life. Jon, you have written with humour and honesty and I will miss your insights. Do let us know what your next project is, and I wish you every kind of success. It's such a shame that we can't just do what we enjoy, but everyone needs financial support and I understand your reasons for leaving. So, as I'm sure you've probably said, when one door closes, another one opens. Or if not a door, a window, or maybe just a new crack in the wall! Good luck.

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