In the last few decades, ‘happiness’ has been promoted as the normal state of being to which we should all and always aspire. Furthermore, we have been encouraged to personally work on attaining contentment in all aspects of life and to conceal sorrow, or at the very least hastily alleviate it, rather than dwell on feelings of melancholy, sadness, or depression. However, the importance of sadness and the upside of a ...

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