Consciousness of positive emotion can direct the brain and establish how we want “to be” with our life. We can live in a negative range of emotion, in a yo-yo between negative or positive.
Or we can live mostly in a positive range of emotion, and feel good most all of the time.
It is a matter of having this information, deciding to use it, and practicing with frequency and consistency.
We can decide how much negative emotion we want to give anything that makes us sad. How much sadness we want to give this, what kind of range we want to draw into our choice, rather than just think we have to allow all emotions an unbridled range to just happen.
We don’t have absolute control over negative emotions, but we have a far greater range of control over both our negative experiencing, and especially our positive experiencing, than we ever really consider.
And it really is about attention. It’s about the attention we want to give the quality of how we experience our world. Positivity directly affects our health, our use of our strengths, how rapidly we learn and solve problems, and the overall, basic well-being of our life.
The research in positivity is profound.
The research tells us that positive emotion can increase by choice on several dimensions, and that this increase develops new neuropathways of being in the brain, and that the reality of neuroplasticity affects everything.
A whole body of significant research has established the truth that this is the way to “feeling good” and “feeling free,” which are at the top of our UpSpiral.
The reality that we can make choices about the amount of negativity in our lives, and then go on to make choices about having positive emotion and increasing its range and force in our lives, is monumental.
This is all seems so simple that it escapes us. It does so because we have relegated emotion only the sphere of “effect.”
Emotions are what happen to us. We are the victim of emotions that are a result of something other than our will.
Certainly emotions happen within us, to give us clues about the direction in which we’re headed.
But negative emotions aren’t intended to last forever. They last until we have moved into an UpSpiral, where we are able to see the options and the possibilities more clearly.
You can be the “cause” of most of the emotions you feel. 90% of our emotional state you can create. 10% or less of our emotions are “reactions” and “indications” that usually occur when we are headed toward the DownSpiral, not using our strengths.
In fact, you find that you are using the opposite of one or more of your strengths.
Who would ever knowingly make that choice?
© Dr. William K. Larkin