I’ve been listening to Karla McLaren’s The Language of Emotions. One of the jewels from the program is discovering how each of our emotions have a purpose. Even boredom teaches us how we may be burying our emotions and using distraction to deal with it.

Anger and rage also have its place. It reveals in intensity how good of a job we’re doing at setting and maintaining our boundaries. Those of us who are perpetually angry, she says, are the humanitarians of the world. They feel all of it and need an outlet to divert their anger to action.

The next time you’re experiencing an emotion, instead of trying to stuff it or distract it away, listen. You might uncover valuable information about your relationships, childhood wounds and current state of mind.

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How to Survive a Narcissistic Mother In-Law
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The Power of Practicing Fierce Self-Care—And How to Start
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How I Retrain my Brain Every Day
(M(ill)ennial: A Perspective on Mental Illness) – This single exercise could change your life.