Don’t try and be happy – it will only make you SAD: Societal pressure to be upbeat makes depression worse

  • Feeling content has become the sole goal for many in recent years, experts say 
  • Not embracing negative emotions could be harmful for sufferers of the blues
  • They said depression rates are higher where a premium is placed on happiness

Don’t try and be happy – it will only make you sad.

Desperately trying to keep a smile on your face will only make your depression worse, a new study suggests.

Feeling content has become the sole goal for many in recent years, but embracing your sadness may be more beneficial.

University of Melbourne researchers said that society’s downright shunning of being sad could be harmful for sufferers of the blues.

Desperately trying to keep a smile on your face will only make your depression worse, a new Australian study suggests

Desperately trying to keep a smile on your face will only make your depression worse, a new Australian study suggests

‘A premium on happiness’ 

Dr Brock Bastian, a psychologist behind the study, said: ‘Depression rates are higher in countries that place a premium on happiness.

‘Rather than being the by-product of a life well-lived, feeling happy has become a goal in itself.

‘Smiling faces beam at us from social media and happiness gurus flog their latest emotional quick fixes.’


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