Bittersweet By Susan Cain

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Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole By Susan Cain


Book/Novel Author: Susan Cain

Book/Novel Title: Bittersweet



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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Sadness is your superpower. In her new masterpiece, the author of the bestselling phenomenon Quiet explores the power of the bittersweet personality, revealing a misunderstood side of mental health and creativity while offering a roadmap to facing grief in order to live life to the fullest.  “Bittersweet grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go.”—BRENÉ BROWN, author of Atlas of the Heart“Susan Cain has described and validated my existence once again!”—GLENNON DOYLE, author of Untamed“The perfect cure for toxic positivity.”—ADAM GRANT, author of Think Again ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Oprah Daily, BookPageBittersweetness is a tendency to states of long­ing, poignancy, and sorrow; an acute aware­ness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world. It recognizes that light and dark, birth and death—bitter and sweet—are forever paired.  If you’ve ever wondered why you like sad music . . . If you find comfort or inspiration in a rainy day . . . If you react intensely to music, art, nature, and beauty . . . Then you probably identify with the bitter­sweet state of mind. With Quiet, Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us, thereby revealing an un­tapped power hidden in plain sight. Now she em­ploys the same mix of research, storytelling, and memoir to explore why we experience sorrow and longing, and how embracing the bittersweetness at the heart of life is the true path to creativity, con­nection, and transcendence. Cain shows how a bittersweet state of mind is the quiet force that helps us transcend our personal and collective pain, whether from a death or breakup, addiction or illness. If we don’t acknowledge our own heartache, she says, we can end up inflicting it on others via abuse, domination, or neglect. But if we realize that all humans know—or will know—loss and suffering, we can turn toward one another.  At a time of profound discord and personal anxiety, Bittersweet brings us together in deep and unexpected ways.

This is an amazing book. It starts with Susan Cain wanting to understand melancholy and covers so very much more. Her search for answering life’s big questions is ambitious and profound. I quit highlighting comments because I was highlighting too much. I didn’t think she could top Quiet but this is darn close. Highly recommend it.
Years of therapy and it was this book that helped me incredibly… I feel like I should send Susan a CoPay! I have been living with guilt all my life and now I know why…. now I know why I feel the hollow pain in my chest when I hear a sad song. I literally feel like I have had a dark cloud lifted off of me, I understand myself more now than ever. Thank you Susan. I’m sending a copy of this book to my sister and my BFF!
Hands down, one of the best books I have ever read about grief, loss, sadness, happiness, mortality. immortality, transcendence, spirituality, religion — No, while it is about all of those topics, it is so much more — it is about LIFE and how to cope with the bittersweet events that happen to all of us. I lost my son to Duchenne muscular dystrophy and was (and still am) overwhelmed with grief. But this book has helped me to move forward (not move on). It is so well researched with peer reviewed studies, articles, anecdotes, etc. This may be the only book that I will read again and again.


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