Combat Feeling Sad with a Good Memory

Combat Feeling Sad with a Good Memory

Do you ever find yourself feeling sad but don't know exactly why? Tempted to just brush past it? Well, don't. Understanding the source of your sadness can be key to moving on.

In fact, research in people with amnesia shows that having a good memory attached to a blue mood is best for emotional well-being. It helps people move past sadness more quickly.

Forget Me Not
In a study, people with a good memory and people with amnesia were shown sad movie clips. The facial expressions and demeanors of amnesic patients remained sad for up to 30 minutes later, even though they had no memory of what they'd seen. In comparison, people with intact memories returned to normal much more quickly. (Want a sharper memory? Hone your wits with engaging brain games.)

Remember and Let Go
Knowing why you’re feeling sad is key to dealing with it, learning from it, and letting go. If you don't process what you're going through, sad thoughts may continue to linger, and sad signals may even get stored in your body. That's exactly what researchers suspect happened to the people with amnesia in the recent study. So the next time you are feeling sad but don't know why, grab your journal and try to puzzle it out. You'll feel better if you do. (Looking to boost your mood? Get to a happier place with these very simple strategies.)

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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