Sad: Why can’t we sit with sadness?

Freelance journalist Johanna Leggatt says: “Sadness is a reasonable response to the horrors of the world and the absurdities and disappointments of modern life”, and yet we tend to be averse to this notion, running in the opposite direction in a bid to pursue happiness.

So why can’t we sit with sadness, and can it be good for us? 

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Helen Russell, journalist and bestselling author of The Year of Living Danishly, speaks to me about her new book How to Be Sad: Everything I’ve Learned about Getting Happier, by Being Sad, Better:

Mindset coach for transformation Gema Monzon

Parenting teenagers expert and psychologist Angela Karanja

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Author and CEO of Project Happiness Global Randy Taran speaks to NBC:

Books looked at this week:

Helen Russell: How to Be Sad: Everything I’ve Learned about Getting Happier, by Being Sad, Better

Randy Taran: Emotional Advantage: Embracing All Your Feelings to Create a Life You Love

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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