All people have emotions and these are necessary to understand how we are, what we feel and what we want in life. Feelings and emotions that are categorized as negative can have physiological consequences. When we’re stressed or anxious for an extended period of time, for example, our blood pressure spikes and our stress hormone levels skyrocket and our weight increases, all of which can affect our long-term health. On the other hand, positive emotions have been linked to a lower incidence of diseases and a longer life expectancy.
If you are in a stable and happy state, you may not be reaping the same health benefits as people who experience a wide range of positive emotions, some of which are associated with happiness and some of which are not. A person who reports feeling excited, proud, and content over the course of a day, even if they don’t feel particularly “happy,” could be healthier in the long run.
The concept of emodiversity, which experiences a wide and rich range of emotions, was introduced in 2014 by positive psychology researcher Jordi Quoidbach. He and his colleagues surveyed more than 37,000 people and found that high levels of emodiversity predicted better mental and physical health
Follow-up research has confirmed their findings. Anthony Ong, professor of human development at Cornell University and professor of gerontology in medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, found that people who experienced diversity in their emotions had reduced levels of inflammation compared to those who did not, regardless of age, body mass index, and medical conditions. So how can you experience a wider range of emotions?
Next we are going to give you some tips so that you can enjoy the benefits that people have thanks to being able to understand and enjoy emotions in our day to day life.
Name the emotion
The simple, daily practice of labeling and classifying emotions in unobtrusive terms can facilitate the experience of emodiversity. Instead of saying, “I feel bad” on a bad day, try to distinguish what you feel: Guilt? ¿ Embarrassment ? Fatigue? Go beyond good and bad, happy and sad. The next time you finish a big project or receive a compliment on your work, take note of your emotional state.
Understand what happens to you from the inside out
You cannot get rid of one emotion without understanding all the others. Many of us avoid emotions like shame and guilt without realizing the consequences of having a small emotional range. But all emotions help us respond to our environment adaptively.
For example, anxiety can keep us out of harm’s way , anger can help us set limits, and sadness allows us to slow down and process a loss or seek support. Your emotional life is a complex system of checks and balances; Avoid it or ignore it, and the whole thing can fall apart.
Accept opposite emotions
You are in a museum, impressed by an epic painting. You feel inspired, but you are also really upset with the crowds. Guess what? We are human and capable of more than one emotion, wonder, and excitement, in this case, at the same time. Amazing! If you can recognize all the emotions you feel at the same time, it will be much easier for you to act to feel better, especially if it bothers you that there are so many people in front of you that they do not allow you to see the painting you want to enjoy.
The emotions are inside you to guide you along the path of life , do not repress them, do not ignore them … just know them so that everything goes better.