Thursday, May 8, 2014

Feelings are strange critters

We all know a lot about feelings. Most of us can identify what our feelings are. We can distinguish them from our thoughts. Most of us know that feelings are neutral and need not be justified. They simply are. It's what we do with them that can be negative or positive.

Here's an interesting little fact, however: Positive feelings increase in intensity when you talk them over with others. Negative feelings decrease in intensity when you talk about them with others. Isn't that curious?

Think about it, though. When you can actually name your fear, anxiety, anger or other negative emotion, you bring it down to size. It's as though the gorilla in the room becomes a tiny and harmless monkey!

However, when you share your joy, delight, happiness or other positive emotion, you light up even more. It doubles in size when it's shared, doesn't it? Sometimes it more than doubles! Plus those with whom you've shared it also light up in joy.

Think about that the next time you feel either a positive or a negative emotion. Talk about it. Share it. Double your joy and bring your anxiety down to size!

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