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5 Cures For Sadness - How You Can Be Happier

Updated on September 11, 2011

Do you feel ho-hum? Does it seem like nothing in your life is going right? Sadness is something that will weigh you down, not only mentally but physically as well. It begins in your mind, and then flows through your physical actions.

If you’ve been experiencing a deep feeling of sadness lately, there is something you can do to change that. You have to be willing to get up and pull yourself out of this slump though. Here are some ideas to help you out.

1. Get out of the house. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt sad, and then realize that I’d been cooped up in the house for literally over a week at a time. Staying inside a lot can really do a number on you, especially if you are an at-home parent. Get out of the house and get some sunshine. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel in a short amount of time.

2. Reframe your thoughts. Many times sadness is brought on by negative thoughts. Maybe something happened to you, someone said something rude to you, and you took that inside yourself and held onto it all day. Maybe you have low self-esteem and always find everything terrible that you dislike about yourself to point out to others. All this negativity leads to feelings of sadness. Learn to reshape the way you think. Turn those negative thoughts into positive ones.

3. Divert your attention. When you’re sad, the worst thing you can do is sit alone and stew in that sadness. Instead, busy yourself. Find something productive to do. Get your mind off your problems for a bit and you’ll probably discover that sadness has melted away.

4. Call a friend. Sometimes the best cure for sadness is a good friend whose shoulder you can cry on. Call someone who will listen to your woes, then encourage and motivate you to step out of that sadness.

5. Volunteer your time to a worthy cause. Again, many times your feelings of sadness come from you constantly thinking about your own shortcomings or things that you are lacking in your life. Rather than sit and think about that and feel sad, why not get out and volunteer to help out a worthy cause. You’ll feel much better knowing you helped someone else less fortunate than you, and it will help you to put your own worries into perspective.


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  • dagny roth profile image

    dagny roth 6 years ago from Neverland

    Thanks for this hub and the healthy reminder!

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    Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

    Thank you, Hope, for these tips. I was not looking for them -found it chance on just when I needed them. Strange: I know all of them - it roll easily off my tongue while supporting others, but when I need it for myself, it seems to be buried in the depths of my mind. I'm looking forward to read the rest of your hubs.

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    Hope Wilbanks 8 years ago from Louisiana

    Thanks Marck1021! :)

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    Marck1021 8 years ago from Bay Area, CA

    Beautiful Hub. Very motivational. Keep it up Hope!

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    Hope Wilbanks 9 years ago from Louisiana

    Thanks annimca!

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    annimca 9 years ago from Caribbean

    I too, can say sunshine really does womders when you are sad. Walking and sunshine reduces that feeling of sadness and depression. A good article thanks for sharing,