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Helen Russell is an expert on the pursuit of happiness. In How to Be Sad, she combines her powerful personal story with surprising research and warm advice to reveal the secret of finding joy: allowing sadness to enrich your life and relationships.

Timely and essential, this book is about how we can better look after ourselves and each other, simply by getting smarter about sadness.

©2021 Helen Russell (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"In any human life there are going to be periods of unhappiness. Learning how to be sad is a natural first step in how to be happier." (Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute)

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  • RJS
  • 04-01-21

This book is great

Another great listen from Helen Russell. Very interesting, genuine and well narrated. Looking forward to books on all the other emotions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-21

Highly recommended

Honest, heartfelt, helpful and brilliantly witty. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to understand how to deal with life’s emotional challenges and stare sadness in the eye without fear.

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  • Marie
  • 03-19-21

A stunning study on human emotions

This is a thoroughly fascinating, relatable and thought provoking study on human emotions which genuinely makes so much sense and encourages action. It lives up to its title by teaching you how to become happier by being sad better. Fantastic read, easy to listen to and fabulously narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-21

A brilliant listen.

Very true and honest accounts of the authors life. I could resonate a lot with it. It helped me realise that sadness is not something to be pushed away. Rather, sadness needs be felt to give us a deeper understanding of ourselves.

Highly recommend.

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  • NickiMags
  • 11-05-21

One of my Favourite Audiobooks this Year!

This was such a good book and so helpful, and so very personal. I'd been feeling sad for years and didn't really know why, until I was diagnosed with mild depression a few months before Covid happened.
This book is part memoir, part self-help and it worked so well for me, I love Helen Russell’s style of writing anyway and I loved her narration too, it made the book even better that she was reading it, as it made her life experiences all the more poignant.
I learnt so much about sadness and emotions from this book, particularly how society has suppressed emotions for a long time, particularly sadness and it’s not doing us any good. Along with the author’s personal story, there’s lots of very interesting and helpful facts and resources about sadness, depression, and mental health in general. It really is a cornucopia of a book and one I highly recommend and will be returning to regularly.

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  • Sally
  • 09-27-21

just brilliant!

more brilliant writing, fascinating concepts to learn about and everything in between! just fab, after having only just read twice through the other 2 (Danishly /Leap Year), pleased to say you'll enjoy this!! Helen also narrates very well!

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  • Emily
  • 08-31-21

Interesting and fascinatingly soothing!

I’ve really enjoyed it, learning a thing or two along the way as well as having a few chuckles and cries!

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  • m81
  • 06-30-21

Wow! One of the best books ever. Informative, funny, and the right type of sad.

This really is one of the best books I’ve read. I was hesitant to read it, wondering if it was just another self help book. But it’s not. It’s a wonderful story, that is also incredibly informative (on a factual basis) and I loved Helen’s sense of humour which made me laugh out loud on many occasions. So much I have taken from it that will stay with me.

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  • rebecca
  • 06-04-21

Brilliant, as always

I cried quite a few times listening to this thought provoking and, at times, heartbreaking journey.
Helen has a brilliant way of making you feel like a friend, in all of her books - which I absolutely love and recommend to anyone who will listen - but this one really got me, I didn’t want it to end. I hope I can start to be better at being sad.