Feeling good is about more than just feeling good. And you have more control over how you feel in the moment than you may think!
The Physiological Effects of Emotions
All negative emotions are a level of the emergency fight-flight-freeze state.
During this emergency state (in other words, whenever you’re feeling any kind of negative emotion), stress chemicals are pumped into your body. The effects of these chemicals are what cause those negative feelings.
In addition to causing you to feel “bad” these stress chemicals also cause blood to drain from the prefrontal cortex of your brain (where you do your cognitive thinking) — which means that while you are feeling bad you are literally unable to think straight! That part of your brain is offline. This affects your judgement, your perception, and your ability to:
So, why is it easier to feel bad than it is to feel good?
The effects of stress chemicals are far more powerful and intense than the effects of “feel-good” chemicals. The reason for this is:
We’re designed for survival; and since stress chemicals are essential to survival in the moment (running away, fighting, pretending to be dead), while chemicals like oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins are not essential for escaping immediate physical danger, the effects of stress chemicals are stronger — to get, and keep, our attention.
This is why it’s easier to feel bad than good; it’s also why, when we start...
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