How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole with Susan Cain

Do you typically repress pain, internalize it, and let it damage the way you treat yourself and others? On today's episode of Chase Jarvis Live, I'm joined by Susan Cain. Susan is the author of "Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole," and "Quiet Journal, Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts," which spent eight years on The New York Times best seller list, and has been translated into 40 languages.

Joy and sorrow are eternally paired in this world. So why do we so willingly accept and celebrate one, and try to distance ourselves from the other? Susan encourages our listeners to see their pain, sorrow, sadness, suffering, as their own creative superpowers.

A few main takeaways from the show:

  1. Why humans we play sad songs 5x more than happy songs. 

  2. Finding validation and permission to feel pain, move towards it.

  3. The role creativity has in our ability to make something beautiful out of painful experiences

One of the greatest gifts of humanity is the innate ability to take something painful and turn it into an expression of beauty. This expression acts as a positive coping mechanism. When that transformation occurs, we grow through it, and come out the other side with a new understanding of the magic that exists behind painful experiences. There is no shortage of feelings on this journey, but how we use these feelings can make all the difference. 

Susan leaves us off with an important message: Seek beauty daily. 

The more you look, the more you’ll find. 


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