Sadness Is An Inevitable Emotion

Emotions, Health, Mental Wellness, Positivity
Sadness is associated with loss, disappointment, grief and helplessness. Yet, it’s an inevitable emotion. It’s a normal part of life. Fact is that we are the sum of our choices. Yet some choices become more prominent than others. They linger on and fester, creating an imbalance in your emotional state. Your emotions come in a complete range, as described by the American psychologist Paul Ekman who believed that there were six basic emotions - anger, happiness, surprise, disgust, fear and sadness - which rise up whenever you encounter certain situations, which can be either positive or negative. Emotions are intoxicating. They can take you over and dictate your outlook on life. When you’re happy, you feel invincible. Everything seems easy and clear. You feel like you can accomplish anything you…
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Joy vs Happiness

Emotions, Health, Mindset, Positivity
When individuals hear the word joy, the image of wide and bright smiles may initially come to mind. On the surface, happiness and joy may seem synonymous. Although closely related, there is a stark difference between the two, specifically it is the attitude of choice. Joy vs. Happiness One noteworthy essay describes happiness as "depending on external factors to exists." Therefore, individuals may get into the routine of saying, "When this happens, I'll be happy." This if-then mentality sends us into a never-ending cycle of waiting on happiness to fill a potential void. Joy, on the other hand, is more spiritual in nature. In fact, many religious denominations place joy as a sacred or holy emotion. Something that is seen as a blessing or rewarding occurrence. However, universally, joy is…
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Guilt And Your Health

Emotions, Health, Mindset
Guilt can be likened to an immense elephant sitting proudly on your chest. It's ever present and without a doubt heavy. The implicating effects of this can be gut-wrenching; even contributing to poor health. Although the notion that guilt specifically causes common illnesses has not been proven, researchers can agree that stress plays a major role in how our body wards off disease. Feeling guilty from a decision, past mistakes, or even indulgence can send our mind into a whirlwind of anxiety. In fact, one of the primary signs of a guilty conscious is paranoia. Shakespeare once quoted, "Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind." This leads us to the valuable conclusion that it is a part of our internal moral code. How Does Guilt Impact Us? Although it is an…
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Empathy Is Important

Emotions, Health, Relationships
Empathy Is Important For Emotional and Social Wellness When you consider what it means to offer empathy, a whole host of actions and feelings probably come to mind. Understanding someone’s suffering or circumstances, feeling sad for another person’s plight, and providing support to those in trouble are all examples. And, to be sure, this type of reaction and relationship with others is needed more so today than ever before. The dictionary tells us that empathy is “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another.” That definition goes on to include that you can have this connection and understanding even when others have not fully explained their situation to you. In other words, you are tuned into the plights…
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Shame Is A Deep Emotion

Emotions, Health
Shame is a tricky emotion that is filled with complexities. Many may confuse this emotion with embarrassment as the effects are quite similar. Although embarrassment may be a result, shame is a much deeper emotion that can lead to serious self-esteem issues. One counselor describes shame as "an inner experience of being 'not wanted.' When comparing the difference between guilt and shame, he explains, "guilt is believing that one has done something bad; shame is believing that one is bad." The difference is stark and can prove to be self-destructive if not handled correctly. Where Does Shame Stem From? It is a deeply ingrained emotion can begin as early as infancy. If a child is constantly neglected, she may begin to doubt her self-worth. Questions like, "why doesn't my mother/father…
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How To Manage Frustration

Mindset, Personal development, Positivity
Learn to Manage Frustration Without Losing Your Mind We’ve all been there. You’re more than a little bothered that things aren’t going your way. Maybe they only have one checkout line open at the grocery store, or you’re steamed that you can’t seem to sink a putt from outside of two feet. Perhaps you’re maddeningly close to achieving a goal but you can’t quite get there. It almost seems like people and life are conspiring to test our ability to manage frustration. It’s enough to make you feel like you might lose your mind. Keep your sanity and manage frustration with these strategies: 1. Ask yourself why you’re frustrated. In general, frustration is not getting what you want. What are you trying to accomplish or what is it that you…
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Dealing With Anger

Mindset, Personal development
11 Tips for Overcoming Anger and Gaining Peace Anger is a common human emotion, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a victim of this negative emotion. As adults, we have an obligation to society and ourselves to avoid allowing our emotions from getting the best of us. There are many responses you can choose when faced with a situation that makes your blood boil. A responsible person finds a way to cool their emotions and find peace. Learn to manage your anger and arrive at a peaceful solution with these strategies: 1. Consider the negative consequences of anger. It’s tempting to run with your anger in the short-term but giving in to anger can cause even more challenges. Before lashing out or taking what you consider to be…
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Definition of Success

Mindset, Personal development, Positivity, Success
Determine Your Own Definition of Success Many people believe that the definition of success is having money. However, there are many wealthy people that are utterly miserable. Maybe success is about more than just money. You can define success for yourself. Is success about money? It can be if that’s what you choose. It can also be about something else. You can set several criteria and attempt to achieve them. What’s important is to create a definition for success that resides within your values, allows you to enjoy life, and avoids feelings of regret when you get older. This is easier to determine than you might think. Your definition of success is unique and yours to determine. Consider these ideas: 1. Time. Many people value time above all else. Most…
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Tap Into Your Creativity

Mindset, Personal development, Positivity, Success
Everyone has the capacity to be creative. It’s one of our greatest strengths as humans. Some people have a greater gift for creativity that others, but you’ll never know how creative you can be unless you take steps to maximize it. It’s easy to understand what it takes to become more skilled at hitting a golf ball. It’s not quite as clear how someone should go about increasing their skill at creating. Fortunately, creativity is an important topic and science has much to tell us. Also, the most creative people throughout history have been willing to share their thoughts. Make the most of your talent for creativity with these ideas: 1. Get into a new environment. Many authors write in hotel rooms. Many painters have studios separate from their homes.…
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Mistakes Successful People Avoid

Mindset, Personal development, Positivity, Success
While there are a wide variety of successful people in the world, they share many characteristics. One of these is the type of mistakes they avoid. There are certain errors that significantly reduce the odds of success. Eliminate these mistakes and you’ll find your level of success increasing. Successful people avoid making these mistakes: 1. Proceeding without a plan. The average person doesn’t have a plan for much of anything. Successful people have a plan for nearly everything. Instead of trying to figure it out as you go, try making a plan and notice the difference in the results. 2. Giving up too soon. Most of us give up far too easily. Your successful friends probably aren’t any smarter or more talented than you are, but they’re more persistent. Successful…
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