Putting a Positive Spin on These Common Emotions

There are a number of emotions, feelings and human characteristics that we generally regard as inherently negative. Many of these feelings manifest themselves in times of negativity in our lives. Too much of some of these emotions can lead to further negative thinking; for example, an overwhelming amount of anger could lead to displeasure.

So, can these “bad” emotions and characteristics ever be good for us? The answer is yes. Many of the good tends to be overshadowed and overlooked because of the overwhelming notion that these things are bad, and because most of them come out in times of negativity in our lives. To give some perspective on the good side of some bad emotions, here are some of the overlooked upsides to some common “bad” traits. Understanding both sides can help broaden the mind, and create a healthier, happier you both inside and out.

Many people have debated on exactly what it is that anger does to the body and the brain. It is so multifaceted that the discussions on it are never left with all questions answered. Anger lets us know that something is wrong, and it also makes us act more rationally in split second instances. Anger is often thought of an an impediment to analytic thought, when it can also be viewed as a motivator of it as well. Anger helps us to act fast, to make tough decisions, and to go after something we want but do not have.

Another motivator, fear helps us to remain safe, to be rational and to think about things before we do them. A fear of something can bring you closer to someone, as common rational fears are usually had by others in large numbers. A fear helps us to evaluate and to reassess in times that we really need to. As the saying goes, “fear lets you know that you’re really alive!”

Shyness has its negative connotations, as those who are inherently shy are said to be antisocial; however, being shy can be positive in that those who are shy are more self aware and thoughtful. Taking time to speak only to a select few, all the while keeping your thoughts and comments to yourself, can really help you evaluate the situations you are in. 

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice. 

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