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A Short History of SadnessBy The Documentary Podcast, BBC World Service, James Reynolds, Helen Russell

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In this January 2023 episode of The Documentary podcast, English author Helen Russell explores the meaning and history of sadness in different cultures.

Favorite Quote

Wherever you are in the world, sadness is not an emotion to be ignored – it is a message delivered to us, and if we stop and listen, it can tell us what's wrong.

Helen Russell


In the age of social media, we have become accustomed to only sharing our proudest and happiest moments with others.

How do we cope with grief and melancholy when happiness seems to be the social norm?

Helen Russell is an English journalist and author based in Denmark, one of the happiest countries in the world.

After years of researching what makes us happy, Russell started a podcast called How To Be Sad.

In this January 2023 episode of the BBC's The Documentary podcast, Helen Russell explores the history of sadness and how it is felt across different cultures today.

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