If the title of this blog post made you think about the gloomy character from the animated film Inside Out, you’re not entirely on the wrong track.  Sadness is a part of our daily lives.   That is why Harnessing the Power of Sadness is important to learn. Contrary to what some may think, not all depression is useless. Being sad—in the right way—can offer various practical strengths if we learn to employ them.  This blog post delves into three major ones.

Harnessing the Power of Sadness

Better Appreciation of Life

Too often we take for granted things, we only appreciate once we lose them. For many people who are caught in bouts of severe sadness, this is true. Once the individual emerges from all the melancholy state, their eyes are newly open to what they have been missing —appreciating the “little” things like a good laugh, hearty meal, clement weather, relationships with friends, etc. It’s similar to the way one loses contact with a friend or a coworker, later to realize how much one under appreciated their friendship and companionship.

Comforting Hand Holding, Power of Sadness

Solidarity with others’ Sadness

For instance, Those who have been sad can mourn with others who are already mourning. One prime example would be losing someone dear to you. Once you have grieved the loss, you become a new member of a unique group of people who have experienced the same or a similar loss.  Now you are able to personally and viscerally understand those who have experienced the same kind of incidents in their lives. For example, a recent widow can be walking through her home and have a sense of her late spouse’s cologne or think she gets an image of him standing in the hallway.  These are all normal experiences, because they have so many memories they have shared thru their lives.

Couple Hugging as they overcome Sadness

Being the comfort that you wanted

The third point that we are explaining deals with experiencing sadness and empathizing with others’ sadness.  This can help one develop a wonderful support system.  First, being rejected by an interview yourself, you can now better sympathize with others who have had the same rejection.   Second, by suffering from a chronic malady, you can better understand someone who is suffering from the same one. In some instances, hearing someone say, “I know exactly how you feel” can be a powerful comfort in times of trial.  A better way to express it would be:  “I don’t know exactly how you feel, but I am here to listen and help you any way I can.”  And since everyone is fighting the tough battle called life, we can all use more of that.


Of course, wallowing in self-pity and sadness is not healthy. By Harnessing the Power of Sadness —reflecting,  feelings and support one earns a benefit from being sad.  For more wisdom on dealing with sorrow, don’t hesitate to contact the Mind Enhancement Center.