Are you feeling depressed, negative, lost? If so, here’s an important reminder.
There’s a lot of new research lately – about something called “emodiversity” – which states that we humans need the full spectrum of experiences and emotions – the good and the crappy – in order to deeply enjoy life.
Basically…we cannot expect to constantly live in a perpetual state of joy.
We must understand that life is bitter and sweet…beautiful and painful…and a blessing to be here.
“Adults who experience a greater diversity of both positive and negative emotions report fewer symptoms of depression and fewer days spent in a hospital.”
Because studies are revealing that experiencing a “diversity of emotions” (aka: feeling crappy at times) helps to bring us those famed treasured life perks: meaning, purpose and growth.
These 3 perks wind up bringing us a deeper, more true feeling of happiness – often referred to as “fulfillment.”
They compare it to “biodiversity” – and how flora and fauna flourish best when their physical environment is “biodiverse.”
Psychologists likewise explain that when we go through challenges -and experience a rich range of emotions – we “flourish” – because we garner meaning, purpose, growth, fulfillment.
In many ways this new modern topic of “emotional diversity” reminds me of something Viktor Frankl wrote about. Frankl wrote one of the biggest bestselling books of all time – called “Man’s Search For Meaning” – where he said:
“There is meaning and value in suffering. Challenges help you to become something greater than you might have been.”
When you endure struggles – and choose to be mentally strong by staying awake to your feelings – then you wind up growing into your best self!
It’s okay if you are NOT happy every single day of your life.
It’s okay if you only seize the every other day of life.
But then after you feel the full, rich color spectrum of “emodiversity,” you must (eventually) dust yourself off, and begin the work of digging around in the “shitty stuff of life” looking for buried golden nuggets of insight and sparkling gems of purpose and growth.
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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