Fighting emotions

IMG_6493Paul Ekman’s study of emotions led to its six classifications – anger, disgust, happiness, fear, sadness and surprise. Of these which do you think leaves a lasting impression on your mind? It very likely will vary with whom you ask and what state of mind they are in. Happiness transcends each of these – for when you are happy, one tends to forget and forgive all the rest of them that one has been in. Happiness wipes away the wounds, however deep they were due to others.  The rest of these emotions, can be quite fleeting or lasting depending on how long you are attached to the emotion. If you live in a constant state of these, you got to do something about it or get out of there. Anger can kill your soul  and make you forget who you are. The sooner you get out of anger the better. Better still if you make it a point not to get angry at all. You can find what a difference it makes to you reaching the state of happiness when you let go of anger. Disgust is something you can make changes more easily to overcome assuming things are under your control. The sooner you make a change, the better to deal with any of the non-happy emotions. A surprise, assuming it is a pleasant one, will get eroded from memory except of that tangy bit that might stick around. Sadness can cause deeper grooves on one’s heart and mind. It is more important to get out of sadness as soon as one can, else it can get one deeper into depression. Acceptance is a practice that can help one fight sadness and depression. Here is a popular saying ‘Don’t promise when you are happy, don’t reply when you are angry, and don’t decide when you are sad.’ Instead reply and decide when you are either happy or find a state of balance.

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