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A brief history of melancholy - Courtney Stephens

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Published on Oct 2, 2014

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If you are a living, breathing human being, chances are you have felt sad at least a few times in your life. But what exactly is melancholy, and what (if anything) should we do about it? Courtney Stephens details our still-evolving understanding of sadness -- and even makes a case for its usefulness.

Lesson by Courtney Stephens, animation by Sharon Colman Graham.

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