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Sadness is an emotion almost all human beings feel many times throughout their lives. It is often seen as a feeling we should do our best to avoid. We are inundated with self-help books, features on how to change our outlooks, “the power of positive thinking” and more. Furthermore, we are all far too accustomed to bottling up our sadness by “putting on a happy face.” But sometimes there are benefits to letting yourself feel sad.

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1. The Definition of Sadness

Sadness is often defined as sorrow or regret, a reaction to an "unfortunate and regrettable" situation. Despite specific definitions, however, most people know that many different emotions -- or sub-emotions, if you prefer -- are classified as sadness, from heartbreak or the death of a loved one to guilt and frustration.

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