What are the benefits of sadness?

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Unlike depression, which can be debilitating, sadness has a positive function. Because sadness arises after an emotional event or a loss, it causes us to be introspective and take stock of our lives. Sadness can spur us to revise certain aspects of our lives. It also has social value by signaling others that we need help.

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