Being Sad Isn’t Bad

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Todd A. Ward, PhD

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Our thinking mind will never understand why being sad is actually good, says Dr. Steven C. Hayes during an interview with Art of Charm, posted below.  The pioneer in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, or “ACT”, points out that most of us would think happiness is “good” while sadness is “bad.”  Yet, our lives are filled with moments where we seek out sadness and other emotions that our thinking mind says are “bad.”  In fact, we even pay money to watch a sad movie, or read a sad story.  There is something of value in the experience itself, and he explains what it is below.

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Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA is a science writer, social philosopher, behavioral systems analyst, and the President and Founder of bSci21Media, LLC, which aims to connect behavioral science to the world in an engaging, non-academic way.  Dr. Ward received his PhD in behavior analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno under Dr. Ramona Houmanfar.  He has served as a Guest Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and as an Editorial Board member of Behavior and Social Issues.  His publications follow a theme of behavioral systems analysis, organizational performance, theory & philosophy, and language & cognition.  He has also provided ABA services to children and adults with various developmental disabilities in day centers, in-home, residential, and school settings, and previously served as Faculty Director of Behavior Analysis Online at the University of North Texas.  Dr. Ward can be reached at todd.ward@bsci21.org

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