When we’re filled with negative emotions, we feel awful. How could this ever be a good thing?
But I actually think negative emotions are a blessing in disguise.
It may not feel like it, but I really believe they are. Negative emotions are a second chance.
When you feel a strong reaction to something, it’s a sign to pay attention: something in your life isn’t working or isn’t the way you want it to be.
And if you think about it, it’s good that we have emotions, because how else would we know if we like something or not? We either respond positively or negatively, and if something elicits a negative emotion, then we have a chance to improve things.
It’s like sailing a ship (disclaimer: I know nothing about sailing ships :)). The wind blows in different directions and your boat responds to it. If you find yourself veering off course, instead of getting mad at the wind, just readjust your sails and steer yourself back in the right direction.
Imagine that you think hateful things about yourself, and as a result you feel depressed all the time. Feeling bad is letting you know that something isn’t working right now. So, the way to improve that would be to change your thoughts about yourself and start telling yourself a new, positive story. If you change your thoughts, you’ll change the resulting emotion. And when you have happy emotions, you know you’re on the right track again.
So that’s how negative emotions are a blessing in disguise. Because they let you know that you need to pay attention to something in your life (it’s like a red flag going up), and possibly make some changes or adjustments to things in your life.
And if we didn’t have emotions, how would we ever improve or grow? 🙂
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