One of the things I had to learn in an effort to manage my Clinical Depression, was to look for the positive in everything. This was so stinking hard in the beginning. It was so outside of my nature that I have had to practice long and hard to see that life does not have to be as serious as I always thought it had to be. With that attitude in mind, I thought I would list thirteen benefits of having a mental illness. If you think of something you would like to see added to the list, put it in the comment section and I will add it.