Emotional Fitness

“Remember that emotions are normal, honorable and confirm your humanity.”

“Emotions are sources of information; a signal worth listening to. They are relevance detectors and warning signs. Emotions tell us what we need and they can act as a guide.”

“Most emotions are not wholly pleasant (positive) or wholly painful (negative), but rather a mixture of the two. Positive and negative emotions can co-exist.”

“There is value in emotional pain such as compassion that can lead to helping others or in justified anger and indignation, grief, shame and guilt that can lead to taking positive actions.”

“Negative emotions are necessary and not to be eliminated, but to be put to use. There is nothing wrong with negative emotions like anger, sadness, and anxiety. It is what one does with their emotions that is critical.”

Emotional fitness is the ability to enhance positive emotions, self-regulate and transform negative emotions, and change one’s relationship to emotions using acceptance strategies and mindfulness and meditative activities. Both positive and negative emotions can propel well-being and fuel resilience. They can provide a “sparkle of psychological glitter” and lead to enhanced compassion, and to positive actions.

This section will provide practical “how to” suggestions on ways to increase positive emotions and regulate negative emotions so as to bolster your resilience. Let’s begin with ways of increasing positive emotions.

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