Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Every single thing we do in our lives is because of how we think it will make us feel.
Every single thing we don’t do in our lives is because of how we think it will make us feel.
Seriously, think about that. Every decision we make, every dream we achieve or let die, and every relationship we nurture or ruin is based on how we want to feel.
Feelings are directive. We naturally avoid any negative emotion because of how it feels. We naturally move towards any positive emotion because of how it feels. We become humans searching out feelings in the night, with no understanding of how they work.
This is why we are a species of overpleasure. We overindulge in food, drink, drugs, sex, technology, and even work. We become pleasure and dopamine junkies, chasing our next pleasure high.
This is also the reason why we are limited when it comes to our potential. It has nothing to do with the available opportunity, and everything to do with our desire to avoid any discomfort. Negative emotion is as normal to feel as positive emotion. Learning how to feel emotion is the key to healthy mental health. This is a tool that everyone needs to learn but unfortunately most of us have not. Once you learn how to feel any emotion you will see magical things start happening in your life.
1. Negative emotion is part of the human experience.
2. When you allow it, you have authority over it. 3. When you resist it, you suffer.