Society's cult of happiness is making sad people more miserable, say researchers.

Psychologist Dr Brock Bastian, of the University of Queensland, and colleagues report their findings in the journal Emotion.

"Sometimes promoting happiness creates pressure on people, and that pressure can actually make them more sad," says Bastian.

Psychologists often encourage patients not to fight or judge feelings of sadness or anxiety.

"That acceptance and readiness to feel those negative emotions means you are less likely to amplify them. You experience what they call 'less secondary disturbances'," says Bastian.

Article by Anna Salleh on ABC Science.  Read the full article http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/08/10/3563268.htm  

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