Emotions are essential part of life. You could be happy now and suddenly something happens to make you feel unhappy. Being unhappy is a terrible experience because it prevents you from being yourself. This interesting piece provides a guide on the first thing you should do when you feel unhappy. Read it now.
First Thing You Should Do When You Feel Unhappy
Being unhappy isn’t pleasant. For most of us, when we feel unhappy, we naturally want to push those thoughts away or move on to something positive.
While Gawdat’s advice might sound uncomfortable, a new study backs him up. Research published in the August issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General found that for some people, the secret to happiness is the ability to actually feel crummy sometimes.
The study surveyed 2,300 college-age students in the U.S., Brazil and China, asking them about emotions they’d like to feel more and less of, and which emotions they actually do feel. The students who reported greater life satisfaction and fewer depressive symptoms were those who actually felt whatever emotion seemed right to them at the time, even if that emotion was negative.
“Wanting to be happy or joyful all the time is not very realistic,” study author Maya Tamir, a psychology professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told HuffPost. “Never wanting to feel sadness or anger or fear is not realistic. If we are able to accept and even welcome the emotions that we have, whether they are pleasant or unpleasant, we are likely to be happier and more satisfied.”
So the next time you’re feeling unhappy, try to meet it. Address the things that are bothering you, and then try your best to move on.