These days, happiness, or at least the performance of “being happy” on social media and in daily life, has become an indicator of success while sadness has become an indicator of failure or pathology. Does that mean sadness is bad? The answer is no. Sadness is the healthy emotional response to pain and it signals a need for care and compassion from others. In fact, the realization of sadness is something that can optimize your emotional intelligence. Have a look here to see why sadness is actually a healthy phenomenon to experience.