Don't you get tired of all the happiness talk? Everyone feels sad now and then. Being sad doesn't mean you're depressed. When you don't just try to put on a happy face, or just push sadness away, you discover how much it can do for you - for your creativity, your future, your relationships, your work, your dreams. Once you 'get' this, you really understand why feeling sad is no reason not to be happy.
First published 2009.
Karen Masman has taught groups and workshops for many professional organizations nationwide. Until recently, Karen was the managing editor at Innovative Resources, the publishing arm of a large welfare agency in Victoria. The Uses of Sadness has come out of her workshops by the same name.