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Negative Emotions Are Key to Well-Being

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/negative-emotions-key-well-being/

I’ve been struggling with my negativity and being down on myself for it. Seeing this article was timely for me! HT @whitneyhess on Twitter.

Attempting to suppress thoughts can backfire and even diminish our sense of contentment.

One of the primary reasons we have emotions in the first place is to help us evaluate our experiences.

Even if you successfully avoid contemplating a topic, your subconscious may still dwell on it.

Researchers found that those who restrained their thinking more often had stronger stress responses to the cues than did those who suppressed their thoughts less frequently.

5 thoughts on “Negative Emotions Are Key to Well-Being

  1. Thanks for this! So interesting how it is good to “decide” you are going to have a good day so that you can be more positive and enjoy life more. This advice above would seem contrary to that, but maybe not. I’ll have to think about it some more.

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    • You’re welcome Tracy! I feel overly in touch with my negativity and I see good positivity modeling by some of my friends. I’d like to be more like them. But I realized I was beating myself up with it. Getting a better understanding of *why* I feel negative seems like a good tack.

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  2. Haha!!!! Seen on Twitter: “Emotions are information. In our drive to be positive, what information are we suppressing? It might come back to bite you on the ass.” ~@justinemusk

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