Embarrassment 101

Emotions, Health
Nobody likes to suffer from embarrassment. It can crush our character and even make social interactions painfully uncomfortable. Although we so wish to avoid shameful scenarios, we can't hide from possible feelings of fluster. Life happens. While experiencing embarrassment can be disheartening, the fear surrounding this emotion does not have to impact your daily life. In fact, you can gain control over feelings of embarrassment by focusing on your self-growth. Let's consider. Why Do We Feel Embarrassed? Embarrassing situations typically make us feel vulnerable. It's as if our biggest insecurities are revealed to an audience of critical viewers. Take tripping in public for example. Many people find this situation to be dreadfully embarrassing due to a number of factors. To begin, you may feel like others think you are a…
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Emotional Wellness

Emotions, Health, Personal development, Stress Management
Many people these days are all-too quick to ignore their emotional wellness, even if they are strong proponents of physical health. Emotional health, however, can influence your over-all health and wellness, and of course it has its own benefits. But what is emotional wellness? What Is The Seven Years War Emotional Wellness refers to the ability to respond to stress. It is closely linked to mental health, which has more to do with the ways in which we actually solve problems, and our emotional health can also impact our physical health, which refers to the proper functioning of our living bodies. If all of these sound similar, it's because they are. Emotional wellness, physical wellness and mental health are less than half of the "dimensions of wellness" that are currently…
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Destructive Emotions

Emotions, Health, Personal development
As humans, we all have a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative, helpful and destructive. In order to have control of our emotions, we have to take control of the destructive emotions. By that, we don't mean suppressing them or ignoring them, but rather understanding them and how to handle them. We all have negative emotions, but we all also have the power to keep them from becoming destructive. In this article, we'll explore how to keep your negative emotions under a healthy control, keeping them from becoming destructive. What are negative emotions and how can they become destructive? Negative emotions typically refer to those that have a negative connotation, i.e. sadness, anger, fear, etc. These emotions are entirely normal to experience and every human does at one…
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Boredom 101

Emotions, Health
Boredom is an emotion that befalls us all; often times on a regular basis. Whether its moments of non-activity to a lifetime of mundane, monotony can take on many different forms. The brain is compiled of a special hormone called dopamine. This controls pleasure and our overall sense of satisfaction. Individuals who are chronically bored reportedly have a decreased level of dopamine. In order for them to reach optimal stimulation, they require more dopamine production than the average person. Because of this chemical deficiency, some individuals cannot tolerate chronic inactivity. Whereas others may seem to naturally find entertainment in the mundane. Scientists have also reported that when individuals are bored, they experience heightened brain activity. When the brain is not being physically stimulated by an entertaining source, it prompts individuals…
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Signs Of High Emotional Intelligence

Emotions, Health
There are different aspects of intelligence, including emotional intelligence. You can’t exactly measure how much you know about emotions in the same way that you can measure how much you know about history or science or math, but there are a couple of key signs that you have a high emotional intelligence. This article will discuss five of those signs and will also lay out ways in which you can strengthen your own emotional intelligence. 1. Having High Emotional Literacy One way in which you might be emotionally intelligent without knowing it is by knowing the lingo. Also called emotional literacy, the ability to verbally express emotions is largely under-rated. Words like “happy,” “mad,” or “sad” are good enough sometimes but sometimes a more exact word like “fulfilled,” “provoked,” or…
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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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