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Mindf*ck Monday #5: The Strange Benefits of Sadness

Mindf*ck Monday #5: The Strange Benefits of Sadness

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Welcome to Motherf*ckin' Monday, where I share three ideas that make you a slightly less terrible person for the coming week. Get your coffee creamer ready, because today we're going to talk about sadness... and its odd and unexpected cognitive benefits. I'm also going to talk about Instagram removing it's "Like" counter—a small yet significant change in how we interact with social media. And finally, a hugely popular author who has made the unexpected turn towards the dark side in their new book, which I obviously love.

1. The Strange and Unexpected Benefits of Sadness - Long-time readers of my work know that I've long championed the value of our negative emotions—that just because something feels bad doesn't mean something is bad. Typically, I've argued this from a pretty practical point of view: anger is often a powerful motivator for self-improvement; sadness can add a sense of meaning and purpose to your life; anxiety can mobilize your efforts to do a better job, and so on.

Well, I stumbled upon some research this week about the strange cognitive  …

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