How to handle sad moods when others don’t understand

MoonMan asks: Sometimes I’m sad for no reason. And people get angry at me for it. What should I do?

Wow, me too.  I don’t know why it happens.  Some people say it’s because of the stars or something, but some days I’m just blue!  (and no, that doesn’t mean I’m that dog on tv who knows all the the science!).  I feel sad, and maybe I want to be alone, or maybe I want to go and lay my head on Handsome’s lap and just get a nice ear-scratch so I know everything’s going to be okay.

Isn’t it crazy that sometimes people don’t tolerate us being that way?  It’s awfully silly.  Especially because it seems to me that everyone has those days, so they should be more accepting when someone else is having one.

But I guess that’s just the way the world is.  So the question is, what should you do about it?

I’d say that first, if it’s someone you like, like a family member or close friend, you should just tell them, “Hey, I’m just in a sad mood today.  I’m not upset with you, or at anyone else.  I’m just feeling down.”  And most of the time, they’ll listen.

But if that doesn’t work, then I think you need to leave them alone for a little while.  For whatever reason it is, they just can’t deal with your feelings at that moment.

And if you should find out over time that a particular person can’t ever deal with your sad feelings, then that’s okay too, and you will just know to go to other friends or family members when that feeling comes up.

Of course, the best friend you can go to at a time like that is a dog!  We’ll always understand!  And we’re the best things in the world to hug, and we’ll usually give you a big lick as well.  And that is the all-time-best cure for the blues, no matter the reason!

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