Therapy Worksheet for Sadness

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What is the theory behind this Therapy Worksheet for Sadness?

Everyone feels sad at one point or the other in their life owing to unfortunate circumstances. Experiencing short term sadness is not of much concern but if this sadness spans over a long period of time and continues to affect one’s functioning in various aspects of their life then it needs to be addressed. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet is based on the G.L.A.D coping technique as proposed by Donald Altman. The aim of this technique is to help people focus on the positive things in their life that may go unnoticed for being too trivial or unimportant. It is a way to overcome sad or low mood 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be used by clients who are seeking help for consistent low moods, stress or depressive symptoms. It can be a useful technique for their coping and mental skills toolbox. Instruct the client to use this worksheet consistently on a regular schedule of their choice to develop a positive mindset. 


Altman, D. (2014). The Mindfulness Toolbox: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Anxiety, Depression, Stress & Pain. PESI Publishing & Media.

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