If you think about it, popsicle sticks are one of the most useful objects in existence. First and foremost, they often hold popsicles, and what's better than that? But you can also use them to build neat sculptures and other craft projects. Those tongue depressors doctors sometimes use? Basically giant popsicle sticks. Like I said, they're super handy.
But Reddit user bovadeez may have found the best use for popsicle sticks yet. He used them in a very clever way to help his girlfriend cope with the depression and anxiety that plague her life.
Like millions of people around the world, Redditor bovadeez's girlfriend suffers from depression.
via: ShutterstockAs anyone who has dealt with depression knows, there isn't an easy solution or cure you can count on to provide relief when the illness takes over. That can be hard for loved ones to see, and it's totally natural to want to reach out and help. That's exactly what Redditor bovadeez did. He said, "My girlfriend suffers from, at times, crippling depression and anxiety. I saw this idea somewhere online and decided to make her something like it."
It all started with some popsicle sticks.
via: ShutterstockI know what you're thinking. How could popsicle sticks possibly help in a situation like this? Stick with me, here.
via: ShutterstockHe then colored some of the popsicle sticks using markers. The sticks were now four different colors: orange, pink, yellow, and plain.
via: ImgurHe placed the popsicle sticks in a jar and gave them to his girlfriend. Now for the incredibly touching part. It's what he wrote on the popsicle sticks that truly makes the gift special...
via: ImgurThe popsicle sticks are color-coded with special messages for his girlfriend. The orange sticks are for "inspirational quotes from poets, political figures, philosophers, and humanitarians across time." The pink sticks offer suggestions of small things she can do to help her relax, like "Take a short break."
Seriously, major kudos to this guy.The way he stepped up to do something tangible to help the woman he loves is worthy of some major applause. "Living with someone that completely shuts down from both of these problems I'm trying to see if it'll help," he said. "She sometimes gets so caught in what she's doing she becomes overwhelmed and doesn't even realize it. I'm hoping that this will help her — even a little is a lot."
Sometimes, the thing that helps the most is simply letting your loved ones who are hurting know that you're with them.
via: ShutterstockYou can't solve all of their problems, but you can walk with them and show them that you have their back. Even something as simple as a nice message written on a popsicle stick could help.