We’ve all experienced a bout of the blues before. Sometimes it can be a little difficult to snap out of, and it can even become overwhelming at times. Whether it’s due to the season changing, a breakup, a loss of a loved one or a even a buildup of events—it happens. And although it may not seem like it, sadness actually has some perks. There’s research proving it to be true—as long as your minor funk isn’t on the border of depression.

While this knowledge may not directly be the key to resuscitating your happiness, it will surely help you to see the light to come once this period ends. It’s also important to be able to distinguish the differences between sadness and depression. According to Women’s Health Matters, signs of depression include but are not limited to: pessimistic thoughts, low energy levels and appetite issues. If you or someone you know is battling with depression, please seek help for them.

Although we’re giving you seven positive facts to take away from being down and out, which range from being more appreciative to having better judgement, there are other ways to cope with sadness directly, like a girls’ night, filled with binge eating pizza and cheap wine. So meanwhile, give that a shot—it’s a lot healthier and much more fun than uncorking the wine alone.

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This article was originally published on YourTango.com. You can find out more about Kiarra Sylvester at http://www.yourtango.com/users/kiarras.

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