When was the last time you felt a strong, difficult emotion? Whether it was stress, anxiety, or sadness, it probably wasn’t too long ago. After all we are humans and these are real, meaningful human emotions. But of course, we don’t want to continue feeling that way, and we can get better at moving through these emotions with practice. Nataly Kogan, the founder of Happier.com has a great lesson on this.
It’s not that we need to reject and resist negative emotions, we need to label them and allow them to have meaning temporarily so that they can be processed. Happiness isn’t just about accepting positive emotions, it’s being able to accept all emotions.