How to Be Sad

Everything I've Learned About Getting Happier by Being Sad

by Helen Russell

On Sale: 10/05/2021

How to Be Sad

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How to Be Sad

Everything I've Learned About Getting Happier by Being Sad

by Helen Russell

On Sale: 10/05/2021

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About the Book

"In any human life there are going to be periods of unhappiness. That is part of the human experience. Learning how to be sad is a natural first step in how to be happier."—Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute

An expert on the pursuit of happiness combines her powerful personal story with surprising research and expert advice to reveal the secret of finding joy: allowing sadness to enrich your life and relationships.

Helen Russell has researched sadness from the inside out for her entire life. Her earliest memory is of the day her sister died. Her parents divorced soon after, and her mother didn’t receive the help she needed to grieve. Coping with her own emotional turmoil—including struggles with body image and infertility—she’s endured professional and personal setbacks as well as relationships that have imploded in truly spectacular ways. Even the things that brought her the greatest joy—like eventually becoming a parent—are fraught with challenges.

While devoting a career to writing books on happiness, Helen discovered just how many people are terrified of sadness. But the key to happiness is unhappiness—by allowing ourselves to experience pain, we learn to truly appreciate and embrace joy. How to Be Sad is a memoir about living with sadness, as well as an upbeat manifesto for change that encourages us to accept and express our emotions, both good and bad. Interweaving Helen’s personal testimony with the latest research on sadness—from psychologists, geneticists, neuroscientists and historians—as well as the experiences of writers, comics, athletes and change-makers from around the world, this vital and inspiring guide explores why we get sad, what makes us feel this way, and how it can be a force for good. 

Timely and essential, How to Be Sad is about how we can better look after ourselves and each other, simply by getting smarter about sadness. 

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Critical Praise

"In any human life there are going to be periods of unhappiness. That is part of the human experience. Learning how to be sad - is a natural first step in how to be happier." - Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Research Institute

"I didn't think I wanted to read this book until I read it. Then I couldn't stop. An absolutely gorgeous and insightful and intelligent and necessary book." - Hollie McNish, poet and author of Nobody Told Me

"This is such an important subject and we would all be better off if we absorbed Helen’s robust research and kind advice and allowed ourselves to be sad." - Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of A Manual for Heartache

"A very persuasive account of how accepting sadness as a key part of our human experience can lead to more fulfilment and ultimately more happiness. Full of moving personal insight and brilliant research. This book reframes feeling sad." - Anna Jones, author of The Modern Cook's Year

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063115354
  • ISBN 10: 0063115352
  • Imprint: HarperOne
  • On Sale: 10/05/2021
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:31.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : SELF-HELP / Emotions
  • BISAC2 : PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

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