Do you ever wonder if other people are happier than you? I mean how would we ever really know since we all do our best to say "good" when we are asked, "How are you doing?" We are generally on our best behavior when we are around other people outside of our family and our closest friends.
I have lived with deep feelings of sadness my entire life. Do my sad feelings go deeper than the average person? I really don't know. Sometimes I think that living the life of an artist opens you up to feel things more deeply and that can lead to feeling higher highs and lower lows. I also know that feeling sad is just part of the human condition, and it comes to us like the chilly overcast days of drizzle in Michigan weather. These sad days come, but they also go.
So how happy can we be? And are there things we can do to cultivate a sense of contentment with our life? Don't feelings of discontent and emptiness lead us to create and to search for meaning and truth? Do long stretches of deep sadness actually lead us into being more compassionate people, capable of feeling for others and bringing them comfort? I also ask myself what makes me feel content - and how can I bring myself into that place for longer stretches of time. Then there is the ability to be content and even happy in the midst of externals that signal trouble - that would otherwise lead one to feel anxious.
I am not going to make a list of the things you can do to snap yourself out of the blues. I would suggest that you remember that your present moment will pass. Clouds do eventually part for the sun to show through. Also remind yourself that keeping company with sadness from time to time is a signal that your emotions are alive, these are actually your vital signs. Find a person to talk with, but remember that our sadness ultimately has a purpose - and in some mysterious way it is an important component of our life journey.