Why aren’t more people happy? And why does it seem so hard for the rest of us? Well, psychology tells us that it’s not actually that simple and that there’s a lot more to happiness than we think. In fact, some people can even come to fear happiness and become addicted to sadness instead. The good news is, we can unlearn being addicted to sadness, but it first step towards this change is mindfulness of what it all means. So, here are 6 psychology-backed reasons why you might be addicted to sadness.
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