Are you on a pursuit of happiness? Do you strive to create a foundation of joy and gratitude and greet the world with a smile on your face? I certainly do and I think that this ideal is fairly popular, especially among the wellness community.
And how could it not be? Happiness feels good! A positive outlook is good for you. Emotional vitality and a sense of optimism can help you to avoid and/or manage illnesses like heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and depression (source).
But there’s something to be said about emotional balance. It is impossible to live a life where you never feel negative emotions. Sadness, anger, fear, anxiety… these are inevitable facts of life. The question is, can negative emotions be good for you?