Feelings – the good and the bad

I recently wrote about how you can’t really be happy, without being in touch with all of your feelings. 

Life has offered me an excellent week to try out this statement. 

I have been frustrated, angry, furious, uncertain, recentful, desperate and just basically on somekind of edge for most of the days. And let me tell you – it’s very uncomfortable. It seems I’ve gone from one end of the spectrum, where I was always nice to everyone, to the other end of the spectrum, where I’m yelling at completely innocent people. 

That is something I do not appreciate about myself. 

Then again, I have noticed that I’m also feeling overwhelming joy and pleasure again. I think I have got my sense of humor back. Finally! I am actually laughing out loud at jokes! 

Do you have any idea, how painful it is, not to be able to joke and laugh about things!? 

Because I do. It’s a weird fog in your brain that just makes everything… Flat. Unintresting. 

What is the best part about being able to feel feelings? Our kids are starting to feel like a source of fun in addition to the constant worry, and occasional headache they cause.

Perhaps it’s because for such a long time things were a bit… flat, that every feeling in want of being felt is jumping at the opportunity. Perhaps it’s because other people’s moods tend to still affect me heavily. I’m not sure. But letting all your feelings be a part of you doesn’t mean you have to be a jerk about it. And I don’t want to be. 

Luckily Friday evening gave me a chance to spend some time on my own, so I was able to let off some of that steam. 

I attacked our stove and made it sparkly again. 

Then I sang some songs, very loud! And texted some friends about how to blow off steam when you feel that the anger and hate and frustration are trying to eat you up. Then I went to bed early enough, had a decent night’s sleep and woke feeling a thousand times better on Saturday morning. 

Saturday brought some more anguish though, that was almost too much to bear. There was an incredibly upsetting event in Finland on Friday, and the aftermath of that event meant so much anger in every possible media outlet, that I wasn’t able to shield myself (one of my survival tactics is not reading too many news, but this was unavoidable…)

Luckily Sunday saved my weekend (and perhaps the whole week) due to seeing and talking to an old friend, I hadn’t seen in a long time and having some new friends over for lunch. 

At least I bloody well can make the distinction between my negative and positive feelings, and am totally able to appreciate when feeling balanced, happy or excited even. 

“People want to feel very good all the time in Western cultures. Even if they feel good most of the time, they may still think that they should feel even better, which might make them less happy overall.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40900811

Difference in being happy and being in denial

Reading a lot about happiness in many media outlets, I have noticed, that there is a lot of talk about how positive thinking is or can be dangerous.

Perhaps I have managed to read only the suitable passages in books and articles about happiness.  But never once did it occur to me, that being happy would mean denying some of the feelings I have inside me. 

Quite the contrary.

Excluding feelings – fear, anxiety, tiredness, overbearing stress, dissatisfaction – is an excellent habit if you are intrested in building a volcano inside yourself, that is inevitably going to blow up. Tried that!

Spiritual growth, becoming happier, becoming a better version of yourself… Whatever you want to call it -is going to force you to face all those difficult feelings, you might have been hiding for years. 

By trying to avoid certain feelings, I think I’ve become a bit confused about my own personality even. Being busy trying to make people like me, instead of just being me. Not owning up to the fact if I’m feeling hurt, for fear of being abandoned. Doing what is expected of me (by whose standards – I don’t know…) instead of just doing what I want.

Let your colors shine

So yes, I need to acknowledge all my feelings. Because without acknowledging what makes me smile, how can I ever imagine having a more positive outlook on life? Then again, without understanding my deepest fears, how am I ever going to put myself back together in one piece?

It’s not always a pleasure rummaging through the hidden corners of your mind.

There’s not much more you can do though. I mean… If you carry in your heart pain, troubles, negative thoughts that are hurting you, they will find you in your new job, in your new house and most definitely in every relationship. 

In order to be happier, I try to understand my pain, cherish my smile and let all of my colors be a part of me.

How do you understand happiness? Is it a state of 100% pure sunshine, or more about accepting the possibility that things are most likely not going to be perfect all day, every day?

Some articles in finnish about positivity and happiness:

https://hidastaelamaa.fi/2015/08/miksi-positiivisen-ajattelun-korostaminen-on-vaarallista/

https://hidastaelamaa.fi/2015/11/onnellisuus-on-aikamme-suuri-illuusio/

And something in English:

https://thehappinesstrap.com/free-resources/