Happiness and not being happy

Happiness and not being happy

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.  ~ Charles L. Morgan

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.  ~ Unknown

Last night a friend of mine of mine posted something on Facebook that I thought was really spectacular and quite profound, here are her words:

I’ve been trying to teach my children it’s ok to feel your feelings … and ya know what it’s ok for us adults to … I keep hearing what you put out is what you get in, I get this I really do but I am allowed to be blue, I am allowed to be mad, I am allowed to be frustrated, I am allowed to feel like I am drowning … I am simply allowed to feel.

I of course chimed in that it’s ok to be happy as well, but my friend makes a great point it is both important and ok to feel your feelings and that includes when you’re not happy as well as when you are.  You see, and this may be a bit paradoxical, but feeling your negative feelings can make you happier in the end.  The reason for this is that bottling up your emotions is a very bad thing, it creates stress and anxiety and all of the things that in the end can impact your health in bad ways and unhealthy people are rarely happy people.

Below is a link to a quick little piece on the impacts of negative emotions and it’s worth a look:  http://takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/create-healthy-lifestyle/emotions-and-attitudes/how-do-emotions-attitudes-impact-health

So remember friends it is ok to feel, whatever you’re feeling, in the end you’ll be better off, and as always, have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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