The last few weeks, I've really been thinking about sadness and its relationship to happiness. I read this article about the benefits of sadness, and found it very interesting. The author wrote about how sadness serves as a trigger for us, to let us know that something needs our attention, that something in our life needs to change, or that we need to work through something. He also pointed out how experiencing sadness opens us up to other people's struggles and helps us be more empathetic. He writes, "only by experiencing sadness can we experience the fullness of the human condition."
"On a scale from 1 to 10, where 10 is extremely happy, 8s were more successful than 9s and 10s, getting more education and earning more. That probably reflects the fact that people who are somewhat discontent, but not so depressed as to be paralyzed, are more motivated to improve both their own lot (thus driving themselves to acquire more education and seek ever-more-challenging jobs) and the lot of their community (causing them to participate more in civic and political life)."
A Time for Everything - Ecclesiastes 3
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, ...