How do you feel today?
Thats actually the first question you should ask yourself in the morning, because the answer to that can likely determine what your entire day will be like. People tend to think that everyone, in general, use logic or rationality to arrive at the decisions they make in life. However, this is hardly the truth. People tend to be governed more by their feelings or emotions rather than their rationality. What are these feelings and emotions, really? It is something we associate more with gut feel, instinct and mood, in contrast to rationality, which is associated with thinking. The first step to truly understand emotions is to identify what they are.
Common positive emotions, such as happiness, satisfaction, amusement, excitement, enthusiasm, calmness, optimism, tenderness, sympathy and fondness, are basically feelings that come from wonderful events that happen to a persons life or that come as a result of having positive relationships with others, or having a strong mental attitude.
In the same way, basic negative emotions are also easy to pinpoint. Theres anger, sadness, fear, shame, confusion, shamefulness, indifference, jealousy, annoyance, disgust, guilt or neglect. These feelings come as results of bad experiences, negative thoughts or unhealthy relationships.
Aside from distinguishing positive emotions from negative emotions, feelings and emotions can also be so specific that you can categorize them from the most intense to the least intense. Since these emotions may overlap or may seem similar, they also likely fit a particular experience, so that you can express your feelings in various ways. Categorizing or ranking emotions may not be an easy thing to do, but some studies attempted to do this.
For certain, there have been many emotions you have already felt or experienced. But have you come to think if you have always been able to identify precisely how you feel? Most of the time, we say people are either happy or sad. Other feelings like hungry or angry are also quite easy to say. However, the more experiences and feelings we get to familiarize ourselves with, the more words we also come to use to express our emotions. If when you were younger, you would only know about being happy or sad, later on, it is likely that you will also know what it means to be elated, triumphant or devastated.
There is some sense into enriching your emotions list or vocabulary. This gives you a better way of expressing yourself to others and an opportunity to further understand yourself. So, how do you feel today?