A really important thing to understand about this topic is that emotional health isn’t measured by the amount of “positive emotions” you’re feeling.

Actually, what is a positive emotion, even? If most people were to make a list of “positive emotions”, they would tend to list the emotions that tend to feel physically pleasant.

But what about emotions that don’t feel pleasant? What makes them negative just because they’re uncomfortable? They’re usually called negative simply because they’re unwanted.

Rather than looking at the quantity of unwanted emotions in your life, it’s usually better to look at the extent to which your emotions are affecting your behavior. Anger is an important and useful emotion. Anyone that calls it “toxic” or “destructive” is talking about the associated behaviors like hostility, cruelty or combativeness.

More on this in a bit…

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