Finally. An excuse for my melancholy. Yahoo! DailyTips Mind & Spirit » "Don't Worry, Be Sad. Sadness isn't always bad. In fact, it serves as a vital emotion that can inform and enrich every aspect of our lives. Sometimes in our pursuit of happiness, we forget that melancholy forms a valid and important part of our emotional spectrum. In fact, it's a necessary part of growth and of life. How could one be considered "alive" -- much less sensitive, honest, and intelligent -- without responding to the often cruel and confusing world we live in with some sorrow. So rather than try to pretend that sad feelings don't exist, learn to recognize, honor, and even celebrate your blue emotions."