Negative emotions can seem so difficult to shake in our modern world. We are surrounded by so many levels of negativity that even the most positive people may struggle with maintaining their happiness and optimism.
What is the source of so much negativity?
It can come from many places and be different for each person. Conflicts over beliefs, racism, financial worry, physical ailments, poor living conditions, and toxic relationships are just a few examples of where negative emotions might originate.
The 10 most common negative emotions are…
The top five negative emotions are ones you’ve probably seen, felt, or been the object of within your lifetime. The others are a bit harder to define.
As mankind moves toward the “virtual,” our connections have taken on a sterile aspect that can rob us of critical face-to-face interaction. People are often left feeling alone, overwhelmed, and lacking direction or purpose.
The Big Picture
In the short term, negative emotions may ruin your day but otherwise have little to no effect on your quality of life. If they linger for weeks, months, or even years, they can have devastating and irreparable effects to your physical health.
Every emotion stimulates a chemical response in your body. Positive emotions cause the production of “feel good” hormones serotonin and dopamine. Negative emotions cause the production of “stress” hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
Here at Daily Superfood Love, stress is a common topic we discuss.
Everyone experiences small frustrations during daily life that usually lasts for 24 hours or less. This is known as “acute” stress. If it doesn’t ease after several days or gradually worsens, it is known as “chronic” stress.
Chronic stress keeps your system unnaturally flooded with cortisol and adrenaline and results in inflammation. You may not know how deeply your stress affects you until you start to experience the physical signs that eventually manifest.
Thoughts Have Power
As incredible as the human body is, your mind is where all your true power exists. It may sound like science fiction, but how you think truly influences how you feel.
Scientists might not understand exactly how the “mind over matter” theory works but there is no denying decades of clinical data to prove it.
Healthy, positive thinking empowers you. It lifts you up emotionally and mentally while also strengthening you to overcome physical challenges.
The person with a positive outlook is more likely to feel overall life satisfaction. Not because they have more money, beauty, or status – which is rarely the case – but because they journey through life with mindfulness, a sense of purpose, and gratitude for what they have. People who tend to be optimistic deal with daily challenges more effectively, stopping them before they become chronic conditions.
Conversely, the person with a generally negative outlook may feel unsatisfied, persecuted, and experience more instances of jealousy, anger, and hatred. Phrases such as “why me” or “that’s not fair” or even “I should be so lucky” may be a regular part of the negative mind self-talk.
The root of problems may be ignored as they focus on the outcome rather than the actions or choices that put them in a specific place or condition. Pain or trauma from years before may be overlooked or repressed.
Negative emotions take root in your body, in your cells. You are a being of energy and light. When you infuse yourself with negative, dark emotions, it makes sense that your energy will slowly drain away and your light will dim over time.
Sometimes, chronic pain such as muscle soreness, headaches, stomachaches, or tenderness in various places is your body sending you a message:
“I’m suffering. Get to the cause so we can heal and feel better.”
Inflammation has been scientifically proven to be the clinical root of many diseases. Negativity – from yourself, circumstances, or others in your life – has been scientifically proven to be the emotional root of many diseases (including inflammation).
In his book “The Sacred Life,” author Davis Suzuki explained that negative emotions are a literal, measurable toxin that can be detected in exhalation. A highly potent toxin that you may be holding inside yourself day after day.
Is it so far a stretch to recognize that you increase your risk of disease with negative thinking? If you know that smoking increases your risk of cancer, yet continue to smoke, it isn’t truly a surprise if you are diagnosed. If you know that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to liver damage, yet continue to over-consume, there isn’t shock if your liver fails.
Similarly, if scientific research has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that chronic stress damages your health, raises inflammation, and increases your risk of deadly disease, it should come as no surprise that a lifetime of negative thinking can start such a chain reaction.
Take Control of Your Thoughts for Better Health
It can be difficult to change your way of thinking from negative to positive. A lifetime of habits is a massive obstacle to overcome. Does that mean it’s impossible? Absolutely not! Whether you are 20, 50, or 90 years old, it is never too late to change how you think.
Charles R. Swindoll said, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
We have this saying on the wall here at the office because it reminds us not to sweat the small stuff and to focus on the solutions rather than the problems.
Bad things happen, sometimes you don’t get the things you want or need in your life, and there are many mean people who seem to coast through life without incident…but you are in control of your mind, of your destiny, and what you allow to clutter up your thoughts and your spirit. The 10 most common positive emotions are…
Choose the positive path whenever you can and allow emotions to infuse your life with laughter, joy, and interest in the world around you. Be inspired by – and inspire – others. Let hope fill you up and be at peace with the person you are and the path you are taking. Make a plan to live the best life for you and take pride in your steps forward. Love with your whole heart, without condition, and accept it in the same way.
Thoughts have power. Negative emotions are contagious but so are positive emotions.
As you embrace positivity, the more you smile, you will see how often you receive those efforts back – often from strangers. It will gradually warm your entire life, one small moment at a time.
No one ever reaches the end of their life and thinks, “I wish I’d been a meaner person. I wish I’d hated more, been jealous more often, or got in more fights.” Of course they don’t.
It isn’t difficult to imagine many reaching the end of their life and thinking, “I wish I’d loved more, shown more gratitude, laughed until my sides hurt.”
You have the power, right now, to change how you think and how you feel. You have the ability to add years to your life by learning to channel your thoughts in a positive direction.
Don’t waste a single moment. There are beautiful, joyful experiences waiting for you.