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What is So Bad about Feeling Sad? Book: "Against Happiness"

By March 18, 2008 - 2:56pm
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A new book, with an attention-grabbing title, "Against Happiness", discusses America's gravitation towards being happy. In fact, there is an entire new profession, that of "positive psychology", related to just this topic.

The authors point: what is so bad about being sad?! They discuss the differences between clinical depression (which they are *not* referring to). Why are we so afraid of feeling sadness? Or even feeling, just, melancholy? Are we losing some of our real feelings, those that "generate a deep feeling in regard to some anxiety, a turbulence of heart that results in some active questioning of the status quo", in order to feel happy, content and joy most of the time?

I would love to hear your thoughts! I'm still pondering this one; as I'm "all about" the happy, happy, joy, joy books!


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