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Mar 28, 2024

"Emotions are [neither] good or bad, and really a movement towards compassion, curiosity, and acceptance." --Susan David

What Emotions Can Teach Us

Susan David and Adam Grant dialogue on pitfalls against toxic positivity, and instead give tips on how to reconnect with all emotions to stay true to ourselves while growing from them. It is a fine line between running away from emotions and fusing with them. But there is a path, accessible to anyone. Being avoidant of difficult emotions disconnects us from ourselves and from others affecting our well-being. A proposed approach is to look at all emotions as serving a purpose: guilt can be looked at as a class for wiser decision making next time, disappointment a class for better preparation. Language can also prove to be our best friend by rewording our thoughts. Instead of saying, “I am sad," one can say, “I notice that I am feeling sad." This will bring helpful detachment and awareness -- the seed for healing or growth.

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Pay extra attention to your emotions today. Ask yourself what particularly strong emotions may be telling you.



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