9 Real Benefits of feeling Sad


As humans we experience a wide range of feelings: some we class as positive, and some we class as negative; such as the feeling of sadness. The truth is there are no negative feelings: only some are more difficult and sadness for many falls into that category. So why do we feel sad? Sadness is associated with a wide range of other experiences, such as; loss and helplessness. Feeling sad is one of the emotions that will heal over time if we allow it to.

Focusing on the benefits of feeling sad, can help us feel the feeling of sadness.

Here are 9 ways that feeling sad can help us:

  1. Sometimes feeling sad is a way for our mind to cope with what has or is happening in our life.
  2. Feeling sad can be beneficial if we allow ourselves to feel our feelings and not block it out.
  3. Feeling sad can help us appreciate what we did have and treasure what we still have.
  4. Feeling sad can also make us more sensitive, compassionate and empathetic to people around us.
  5. Feeling sad has even been proven to stimulate our creativity according to a scientific study carried out by Modupe Akinola, a professor at Columbia Business School.
  6. Suppressing our feeling of sadness over time can lead to erratic impulsive behaviour, addiction and depression. Noticing your feelings on a daily basis and recognising irrational thoughts can help you monitor your emotions.
  7. Talking to friends or family when we are feeling sad is a good way to not only cheer ourselves up but also bring us closer to them.
  8. Often when we feel sad we just want someone that will listen and offer a shoulder. Crying is not a sign of weakness, but simply a release.
  9. Do you ever wonder why you feel better after crying when you are feeling sad? Research suggests crying cleans our eyes, flushes out the toxic chemicals in our bodies, reduces our stress levels by releasing a natural pain killer hormone called adrenocorticotropic hormone.


If you notice you feel significantly sad for a long period of time please seek advice from a professional.

-Amy Mak


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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.

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