Sad 1 Lady Face 640Being sad is usually characterized as a negative emotion or feeling. Something not wanted. Yet it is present and a fact of life. Can we make choices and decisions that result in less sadness? Probably, certainly when it comes to relationships and human interactions, even with strangers. But we do make choices and decisions in life and even if they are the right ones, sadness inevitably finds us in unexpected illnesses, or even tragic loss of life of friends and family.

Sad 2 Man face 640For me, I think, they key is feeling the emotion and not emoting the feeling by acting out negatively in thoughts, words or behavior. There is a linkage there. If it gets in our heads and not addressed it is likely to make it out into the world through our words or actions. Why not accept the emotion as real and let it pass either through inaction or taking necessary steps?

Sad 3 dog 640For me it is important to not be isolated but rather to be in contact with supportive friends and family, people I trust to trust me and let the feelings, good or bad pass with no negative consequences. The worse thing I can do is to turn to food and think I can work through sadness by compulsively overeating. Time after time in my experience I find that compulsively overeating only creates a new set of issues to be sad and depressed over.

Can animals be sad or do we project that feeling or emotion on them? Do we train them to mirror our state of emotion?

The reality is sadness has many synonyms but only one antonym.

Let’s be sad when we have to be sad so we can get through it to the happiness of being alive on the other side.

Have a TROML Day Today!

Anonymous Andy

Your Personal Revivalist


Sad (adjective):

1.   affected by unhappiness or grief; sorrowful or mournful:
“to feel sad because a close friend has moved away.”

2.   expressive of or characterized by sorrow:
“sad looks; a sad song.”

3.   causing sorrow:
“a sad disappointment; sad news.”

Synonyms:   unhappy, despondent, disconsolate, discouraged, gloomy, downcast, downhearted, depressed, dejected, melancholy.

Antonyms:   happy.

Most psychotherapists would agree that depression is anger and sadness that has been repressed. Sadness is an emotion, and depression is an illness. And whereas many measures of depression and sadness have been defined, a coherent description of happiness remains elusive.


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