Are we too afraid be sad or angry these days?

5 years ago
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20130605-151600.jpgIf you've ever been told to "calm down" when you were angry or "cheer up" when you're sad then you know how infuriating it feels to get such inane advice in the face of strong emotion. Social media itself has become one big happiness quote after another, each telling us all to look on the bright side. I raise my hand high as a perpetrator of that last one. But is all this forced happiness getting in the way of your ability to truly live healthily? Could be.
Researchers of the concept of willpower have discovered that it is a finite resource that can be depleted. Doesn't it stand to reason that withholding the so called "negative" emotions of sadness and anger will deplete you of willpower in other areas of your life? Yes! Turns out that there is some research that shows that people who over regulate their emotions often lapse in other areas like eating and sex. Sound familiar?  Why? Because the work of holding things in is stressful!

Feeling anger and sadness are NOT negative but the way you express them can be. I READ ON

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