Add suggestions. Then, the next time I am sad, I will return to this list and try out some of the ideas in this "Sadness Handbook."
  1. Take a very long walk, at the end of which is a bookstore
  2. Watch a comfort movie
    Like The Truman Show or Empire Strikes Back
  3. Get a bacon and egg biscuit from Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
    Drive-through biscuits FTW
  4. Write it down, cry if you want, then get some nature.
    Trees are my solace.
    Suggested by @jannychan
  5. I find an animal to snuggle. Dogs, cats, whatever. Pet them, talk to them, vent and unload everything. They love you regardless.
    I also pray, journal or vent. But the snuggle factor you get from a pet just makes tension melt away.
    Suggested by @jhope71
  6. Open a really nice bottle of wine. Pour it into your fanciest glass. Sip and savor.
    Suggested by @jpbateson
  7. Make some plans for the future. Or even just one plan. Write it down and work out how to make it happen. Having something positive to focus on will help with the sadness.
    Suggested by @jpbateson
  8. Listen to sad songs until you've cried yourself afresh. Sometimes you have to embrace emotions before a change can occur.
    Suggested by @kaitmaree
  9. Drink a cup of tea and eat M&Ms. But the best thing is crying, because I feel refreshed afterward. When I fight the tears, the sadness tends to build up inside.
    Suggested by @americanmum
  10. Listen to Bob Dylan
    Suggested by @MatthewAlmont
  11. Volunteer.
    Suggestions - animal shelters or senior centers. Just helping someone else can take your mind off of yourself.
    Suggested by @kiraandlulu
  12. Tell a friend
    Sadness is isolating. Loneliness also aggravates sadness, making it a weird downward spiral. Tell someone. Tell anyone. Tell me. You're not alone.
    Suggested by @rebeccaroanoke
  13. Spend time with yourself and then time with your loved ones.
    You should take some time to be with yourself, but you don't have to face everything alone.
    Suggested by @finesse
  14. Since you're in the triangle area, if it's summer, go to Mapleview for ice cream and sit on the lawn or in one of the rocking chairs while you eat it. Ice cream + peaceful, rural surroundings always make me feel better.
    Suggested by @jenniferm
  15. Take yourself out to a solo movie date, preferably a silly comedy.
    Suggested by @jenniferm
  16. Cheese cures sadness😂also, most of the above suggestions💗
    Suggested by @cvlop61
  17. Read the 13 clocks by James Thurber. It's not too long. Maybe you are the Golux, Zorn of Zorna, or Saralinda.
    Suggested by @Ahartnyc
  18. Late to the list but either a long walk + good coffee or Chinese takeout and bad TV (depending on the sad)
    Suggested by @lorothery