One technique for overcoming feelings of sadness is to stop your thoughts for a few minutes and just feel the bodily reactions you are having. Experience the tension in the muscles of your head, shoulders, arm, and stomach.
"Sadness" is merely the word that describes your inner reaction. Focusing on your body's reaction frequently causes those reactions to subside.
This experiential technique is also effective for alleviating feelings of anger and anxiety, and can be used for relieving tension headaches.
(Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness, p.182)
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