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September 17, 2013
by Dr. Anthony Centore, Ph.D.

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Can Sad Things Make Us Happy?

September 17, 2013 14:27 by Dr. Anthony Centore, Ph.D.  [About the Author]

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Though we don't typically associate the two, sadness and joy are more closely linked than you might think. Have you ever been in a situation where you feel mildly or even severely depressed, but then feel better after letting it out? The venting of melancholic emotions does just that: it lets everything out. That is why activities that may elicit a strong, emotional reaction (such as a sad movie) can actually bring us to a more positive mood at the end. [More]