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What makes a person sad?

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Last Updated: 07/30/2020 at 6:17pm
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Top Rated Answers
comfortingStrawberry12
March 2nd, 2016 9:15am
There are so many things that can make a person sad. But the key to being happy is to always see the positivity in things, if you are in a bad situation always try to find the better side of it.
Anonymous
April 8th, 2016 4:06pm
Overthinking, pessimism, self blame, inability to overcome obstacles, loneliness, bullying, words, people.
Anonymous
February 14th, 2016 10:33am
Loss makes a person sad. Depending on how precious the lost is, sadness can take to different extremes. Sadness can lead you to think life's not worth living ... All you can do to help the sad is, convey that loss is part of life and to step forward without being too attached to things that can be lost.
Anonymous
February 19th, 2016 3:39am
Sadness is not caused by one overarching thing. Sometimes, it can be due to the loss of something or the realization of something. There is no one thing that can be pinpointed for sadness. The only thing that we truly know is that sadness exists. And it is important for us to know that and accept that sadness is just as important of a feeling as happiness. Being sad isn't the end of the world just like being happy isn't the root of all the problems in the universe. Being sad will happen and it's important to identify the cause (which is different for all) and accept the fact that you are feeling something.
Anonymous
February 20th, 2016 4:27am
Sadness can come from all kinds of situations. Sometimes it's from a loss. Other times it's when our expectations exceed our reality. It can even be just a passing mood. Sadness isn't enjoyable, but it does provide a necessary contrast to joy; it can teach us appreciation and gratitude.
Anonymous
February 20th, 2016 4:28am
Expectations and unhealthy thinking patterns make people sad. The larger the gap between your expectations and your perceived reality, the more sad you will be
maxAbstracter17
February 21st, 2016 4:30am
Many things make a person sad. The biggest reason I believe is anxiety/stress. Then there is guilt/regret. By calming down and not giving up, one can overcome whatever's troubling him/her.
naturalSugar84
March 25th, 2016 4:19pm
A lot of things can make a person sad. For me it would be arguing with a family member, falling out with a friend. It all depends on who you are as a person. Some people get sad of things that another person would maybe laugh about.
Anonymous
April 2nd, 2016 7:04am
A lot of things csn make a person sad. I'm sad ifI drop my Nutella jar for example. I get really sad, when I see how poorly do people live on Earth or if I see rasism, homophobia, sexism etc.
pleasinglyPoetic
April 9th, 2016 6:07pm
What a wonderful question to ask! People often become sad when circumstances don't go the way that they want them to. For instance, when someone that they care about dies when they would have preferred that they live, or when they don't get a job that they felt they deserved. Sadness results largely from perspective, and a failure to accept the world as it is, in comparison to how we might prefer it to be. Thus, healing comes through acceptance, and can wash away the sadness in our lives.
Jez
September 26th, 2016 12:32am
Loss. The death of parents, a loss of job, satisfaction, familial abuse. Imagined loss, remembrance of...
EthanSerenity
January 17th, 2016 8:58pm
A person becomes sad when an event/situation occurs that falls below our personal threshold of acceptability.
EllaLoves
February 10th, 2016 6:39am
That is something that not one person can answer. IT IS ALL RELATIVE. We have to know that what makes one person sad doesn't make another person sad.
AbeTheOpenhearted
February 11th, 2016 9:22pm
Sadness tells us that we feel either a loss, or disconnection from others. Sadness reminds us that we care about our relationships.
Fenixashes37
February 13th, 2016 11:59am
When nothing exciting going on with their life. Waking up to nothing and going to slee from nothingness. Will definetly make me sad.
compassionateDog36
February 17th, 2016 1:50am
When they are treated poorly by friends and peers Or when a loved one dies and they are sad
Anonymous
February 17th, 2016 5:22am
It depends on what the person has been through espically if you not in their shoes or what they are .
TangledRivers
February 21st, 2016 5:27pm
Do you mean what allows people to be sad (chemical reactions in the brain)? The question is vague, but sadness and pain do have a purpose which are similar physically and emotionally.
dreamwithmelovers31
February 24th, 2016 10:23pm
a range of things can make a person sad. loss, grief, bullying, medical issues, identity issues, relationship issues. a whole number of things :)
CaptainObviouslyOblivious
February 24th, 2016 11:02pm
There's no simple way to answer this question. It can be circumstance, it could be emotional, it could be physical. Being sad is not a crime, and frankly sometimes very healthy.
Anonymous
February 25th, 2016 12:45pm
when having unhelpful thoughts , depression and being lonely make a person sad .they think negative .
cdname
February 27th, 2016 11:31am
Sadness is sometimes conditioned by a person himself/herself while the other times situations make a person sad. The point is nobody deserves to be sad and we all need to help each and every one to smile.
Anonymous
February 28th, 2016 12:56am
When they have too much of a negative emotion and they can't deal with it properly so it registers as sadness, For example - grief, loss, loneliness
Anonymous
February 28th, 2016 10:53am
Feeling like they don't belong in this world, like they are outcasts and will never fit in...that they are not enough.
Anonymous
February 28th, 2016 11:43pm
Lots of things make people sad. For example, the loss of a loved one, breakups, bullies, family problems, abuse, etc. There's many more but, that's just a bit to name out.
Anonymous
March 2nd, 2016 1:45am
It can be different for every person. But identifying it always good, your emotions are there for a reason and they shape you. Now for what makes a person sad it's hard to say.
casicanhelp
March 2nd, 2016 8:53pm
Anything can make a person sad. Whether it be a trigger to a past event, or just a sad movie or song, or just being alone. People don't necessarily stay happy forever.
WiseOldManCounseling
March 3rd, 2016 1:37pm
Procrastination, guilt, physical illness, loss failure, victimization, frustration, loneliness, poor nutrition.
mirunapatricia11
March 3rd, 2016 9:35pm
Their own thoughts..I mean, there are for sure some reasons to be sad, but we are the ones that make them bigger.
Anonymous
March 4th, 2016 11:33pm
Hello, Based on my past experience i would say , not being able to let go is the reason for someone to be sad.