A survey led by researcher Susan David shows that a third of us categorize some emotions like sadness, grief etc., as bad emotions. We’re pushing away authentic emotions in order to accept a forced positivity. Rigid denial of true emotions is unsustainable for families and individuals. Emotional suppression does not help us grow. Resilience is strengthened by the power of emotional courage. How do you see yourself?
Developing the Power of Emotional Courage
Here are some important things to remember as you develop your own emotional courage, meaningfully:
1. Lean-in to your feelings: Open your hear to what you feel. Accepting pain, grief, loss, regret is the true cornerstone of resilience and authentic happiness.
2. Actively generate emotional agility: When you feel a tough emotion, learn what the emotion telling you. You are not the emotion. Noticing the feeling for what it is. It’s important to learn this distinction, and end up responding with value based actions.
3. Do not add buffers between you and reality: We all die, it’s normal to be scared. Do not lie to yourself. Emotional courage enables you to face your fragility head-on.
Are you emotionally agile? How do you develop your emotional courage?