Want to stop feeling sad and start being happier? Keep reading for five practical strategies that help you manage feelings of sadness that and empower you to choose how you want to feel and how you want to live your life.
We live in a society where it is important to fit in. Leading a positive and happy life is highly valued while feeling sad or “blue” about life is not so valued. As a result, we are constantly trying to always be positive and happy. In our minds, there is no room for sadness.
This is not a realistic way to live life.
Telling yourself to be positive is no help to you because your sadness – when it hits you – has a life of its own. Keeping up an impression of positivity and happiness when you are feeling sad is draining and hard work. If anything, this charade will intensify your feelings of sadness, and you will struggle to find the pathway that will lead you to living a happy, resilient life.
I believe that sadness is a baseline feeling that feeds into all of our other feelings such as anger, frustration and fear. The deeper we bury the feeling of sadness, the harder it is to feel happy.
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. – Carl Jung
The five key strategies below are practical ways for you to successfully manage sadness in your life so you can have a life that flows with happiness.