DiscoverThe Ultimate Health Podcast480: How to Turn Sadness Into Your Creative Superpower | Susan Cain
480: How to Turn Sadness Into Your Creative Superpower | Susan Cain

480: How to Turn Sadness Into Your Creative Superpower | Susan Cain

Update: 2022-06-29


Watch the full video interview on YouTube here:

Susan Cain (IG: @susancainauthor) is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning speaker. Her TED talk has been viewed over 40 million times.

Susan helps curate the Next Big Idea Book Club which donates all their proceeds to children’s literacy programs.

Today we’re discussing her new masterpiece, Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole.

We unpack bittersweetness, which is at the heart of life and its link to creativity & con­nection.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The mystery of sad music and why it moves us
  • The culture of positivity in America
  • What is effortless perfection?
  • The power of expressive writing
  • Turning your pain into creative expression
  • Finding your form of expression
  • Sharing your truth
  • How to practice Memento Mori
  • Strategies to work through difficult emotions
  • The idea of loving-kindness meditation
  • The Bittersweet Quiz
  • The strength of introverts
  • Can trauma be passed down from generation to generation?
  • We have the ability to heal
  • Normalize daily joy and pain
  • Savouring the moments
  • How Susan personally transformed writing Bittersweet

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Related links:

Susan Cain - Bittersweet (book)

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Susan Cain - Quiet (book)

Bittersweet Quiz

Leonard Cohen


Listen to Sharon Salzberg previously on TUHP (episode #105) ​​

Sharon Salzberg (books)

Krishna Das

Elaine Aron (books)

Rachel Yehuda (books)

Related episodes:

How to Use Regret as a Pathway to Your Best Life | Daniel Pink (#459)

How to Harness the Healing Power of Music | RIOPY (#454)

The Power of Speaking Your Truth and How It Positively Impacts Your Health | Fearne Cotton (#418)

313: Chase Jarvis – Creativity Is A Habit (Not A Skill) Available To Everyone

243: Susan David – Emotional Agility • The Tyranny Of Positivity • Understanding Guilt & Shame

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480: How to Turn Sadness Into Your Creative Superpower | Susan Cain

480: How to Turn Sadness Into Your Creative Superpower | Susan Cain

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