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There is a Difference Between Being Happy and Being distracted from Sadness


You see it all the time: someone who is constantly distracted or someone who is repressing their sadness. It’s not just a matter of being happy or sad. There is a difference between being happy and being distracted from sadness. And both have different effects on your well-being in the long term.

Happiness is the state of being happy

Being happy is a state of mind, not a noun. It’s not something you can point to and say “that’s me”. Being happy is an action that we choose to take on each day, in order to live our lives as best we can.

It’s a choice: You decide how you want to spend your time and energy; whether it’s working toward goals or just sitting around doing nothing (or worse yet: watching TV). You decide what kind of person you want to be; whether it’s someone who cares about others or someone who only cares about themselves. And then there are all those decisions about what foods will make us feel good when we’re hungry—do we have ice cream? Chocolate? Popcorn? Or maybe some other snack?

Finally (and most importantly), happiness itself isn’t something external. It’s not reliant upon things outside ourselves because if anything could ever be considered “external”, then obviously no one would ever be happy! Rather than looking at happiness as something external from ourselves…we should look instead at it is within us all along!

Happiness is not the same as distraction or repression.

Happiness is not the same as a distraction. It is not the same as repression. Happiness is not the same as avoidance of sadness, a state of mind, or a feeling—all of which are things that can make you feel happy (or at least better).

If someone tells you they’re sad today and then asks what’s wrong with them and you say “nothing,” do they deserve an explanation? Maybe if your wife left you for another man and it was all just so unfair! Or maybe if your dog died in front of your eyes! Or maybe if someone cut off one of your fingers while chopping vegetables for dinner last week! But those are probably all situations where people would have felt bad anyway even without life getting turned upside down around them

Reacting to sadness with distraction or repression may cause long-term consequences

It’s important to remember that distraction can be a short-term coping strategy. For example, if you’re sad and feeling overwhelmed by your sadness. Then engaging in distracting activities might help you avoid dwelling on negative emotions. But over time, these types of distractions can lead to repression or other unhealthy reactions. Such as numbing out completely—because they don’t address what’s causing us pain in the first place: our sadness itself.

When we habitually distract ourselves from our feelings of sadness, we allow ourselves to stay stuck in this state indefinitely without taking any action toward changing it. After all, how can we get better if there’s nothing wrong with us? And yet this is where most people end up getting stuck: feeling bad about themselves because their lives aren’t perfect enough yet!

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Distraction can be an effective short-term coping strategy

Distraction is an effective coping strategy. The trick to using distraction effectively is to use it as a tool, not as an excuse for inaction or avoidance. If you don’t have the energy or motivation to do something meaningful. Then maybe you should take some time off from whatever it is that’s bothering you and just focus on the here-and-now. What’s happening right now? How does this make me feel? Will this get better soon?

Distraction can be a great way to get through a difficult time. It can also be good at helping people avoid dwelling on negative thoughts and feelings. It allows them more space in their heads so they aren’t constantly being weighed down by those thoughts and feelings all day long (and night).

Repression of sadness can cause symptoms of depression

  • Repression of sadness can lead to symptoms of depression.
  • Repression is a way of avoiding feeling sad, but it doesn’t make the feeling go away. It just makes you feel bad about yourself and your life, which can cause you to feel very sad in the long run.
  • If you repress your sadness so much that it becomes like an illness, then this will eventually lead to more serious mental health problems like anxiety or panic attacks—or even suicide attempts! These are all different kinds of diseases that require treatment from a professional who knows what they’re doing (like myself).

It’s important to face and accept your feelings rather than constantly distracting yourself from them.

We all experience sadness, but it’s important to face and accept your feelings rather than constantly distracting yourself from them.

It’s easy to get stuck in a cycle of distraction that can be harmful. You may find yourself procrastinating or avoiding difficult conversations because you don’t want to feel sad or angry. This kind of behavior is not only bad for your mental health, but also causes problems in other areas of life like school or work.

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We hope this has helped you to understand these two very different types of coping. The most important thing is to be aware of your feelings and how they may affect your happiness, and then choose the best way forward for yourself.

2 thoughts on “There is a Difference Between Being Happy and Being distracted from Sadness

  1. I agree that facing and accepting one’s feelings is an important step in moving on and ultimately becoming happy. Great post, profound and thought-provoking!

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