Research out of South Whales has found striving to be happy all the time can lead to depression. Meanwhile, our occasional drops in a good mood can actually be helpful to our well-being. They found when we are angry we tend to try harder to answer questions most correctly in tests and are better at persuading others into having a certain opinion. Fear, shame, or disgust, can be beneficial in helping us avoid and overcome negative situations. Even sadness has its place too. Sadness has also long been seen as an extension of artistic creativity, thus so many “sad songs”. The important difference is to keep track of whether these are reasonable helpful OCCASIONAL drops in mood or constant states. Those constant negative states of being are signs of depression (You don't have to be sad to be depressed, constant anxiety or anger is a depressed state too.) which can be detrimental to your social and physical health.
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