A Brief History Of MelancholY

feelin' blue

Triggered by the change of season and the accompanying shortening of daylight, it seems as if more people are feeling slightly melancholic than usual. So what is this phenomenon/condition all about?

“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.“ The great animation was realized by Sharon Colman Graham.