Here’s an article, summarizing research about states of mind in relation to various factors, such as longevity and bigotry. It turns out that self-proclaimed “happy” people can be more judgmental and bigoted than “sad” people. Those who experience sadness may open the heart, more easily, to compassion.
This discovery is not, obviously, an argument in favor of depression or despair. However, next time you are sad, consider the saying of Jesus: “Blessed are those who mourn,” and allow your sadness to open into compassion.
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