Living a Happy Emotional Life

We all live lives rich in relationships and punctuated with emotion. Lovers arrive, bringing gifts of passion and tenderness, and then exit, marking their passage with anger and sadness. Children flash into being, evoking previously unimaginable exhilaration and exhaustion. Friends and family members tread parallel paths, sharing our emotions, and then pass on, leaving grief and memories in their wake.

Across all our relationship experiences, what balances out our anger and grief is our joy. All human beings share the capacity to relish intense joy and the desire to maintain such happiness in an impermanent and ever-changing world. Also universal is the fact that our personal joy is determined by the quality of our interpersonal connections. When our relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and romantic partners are happy, we are happy, and when they’re not, we’re not.

Yet, joy doesn’t drop magically from the sky into our hearts and minds and stay there. We create joy – through every decision we make and every thought, word, and deed. When we manage our emotional experiences and communication poorly, the interpersonal sorrows we wreak on others reflect back on us in the form of personal unhappiness. When we steadfastly and skillfully manage our emotions, the positive relationship outcomes we create multiply, and with them, our happiness and the joy of those who surround us.

I encourage all of you to keep this thought in mind:

We create joy – through every decision we make and every thought, word, and deed.

3 comments

  1. Afterthoughts, within every life’s beginning and end, there are smaller beginnings and ends, children and other relationships flash into existence and then end. That seems to be the natural Order of Things. Maybe pain and grief come when we try to change that natural order.

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    1. Very interesting thought, Michael. For me, I do my best on a daily basis to accept the events of my life. When I am able to accept things my pain and grief tend to go away. So, when I don’t accept things, when I challenge the natural order of things as you put it, there tends to be discord, pain, and grief. However, there is much to learn and gain from some level of pain and grief. Thank you for your thoughts, Michael!

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  2. Thanks for the kind words.

    As I view it, what you are doing is equally impressive.

    I recommend that my followers follow you as well.

    I believe that there is a calling for authors, bloggers, and artists to provide a more sincere channel of communication through writing.

    Keep it going. I know how challenging it is to write every day, but we do it with good intent and passion. That makes it joyous.

    I am always touched when my sweet messages like this reach someone. Sincere thanks. What a good positive writing that can motivate one this morning.

    Happy monday
    Enjoy

    Warm regards, Patrick

    #PATRICKSTORIES
    Peace ✌and Love ❤

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