The Benefits of Negative Emotions
It might sound controversial but more often than not negativity brings balance and health especially in this era where we are told to smile so that the world can smile back at us. In every corner we turn, there is a message that tells us to “keep smiling,” or “think positive,” and so forth as if such gestures are easy and are the right things to do.
However, being a psychologist, and a long time student of positive psychology, there is need to say that this kind of messages can be dangerous as they aim to drive human beings away from a very critical and natural psychological resource— Negativity.
Emotions can make people feel like a roller coaster. In a day, a person can feel a range of emotions- happiness, anger, sadness, anxiety, nervousness- you name it, and you can definitely feel it. Negative emotions are undeniably the toughest to deal with, but they are equally as part of life as the positive ones. So, people must know how to take the bad with the good, and learn to cope with it all. It is the only way that we can all be our happiest selves.
Negativity can be beneficial when well channelled. It is an important tool for our growth as it helps us build a more optimal, resilient, and a resourceful newer version of ourselves, which consequently leads to a happier, full filling, and more satisfying life.
I am not trying to depict that having negative emotions are better than staying positive, but there are times when allowing yourself drift into negativity can help accomplish better results in your relationship, work, or even your entire life. The catch is to maintain the right balance between negative and positive emotions. Undoubtedly, positive emotions bring about a more pleasurable feeling, but that does not mean we should always strive to maintain a positive state of mind.
The following are three good reasons why it is good to allow ourselves to have negative emotions.
Negative emotions are natural. Feeling sad, anxious, afraid, and angry is a natural consequence of day-to-day events, and it is perfectly fine and acceptable to feel that way.
Negative emotions make us aware of dangers, and they alert us when things are not working for us.
Negativity is a great motivator. People change when they feel bad about something, and they cannot bear the unhappiness any longer.
The TadFan Goals Planner will help you address your emotions and as part of that become more mindful in dealing with your emotions.
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