Category Archives: The Emotional System

What Does Beauty Feel Like?

A gorgeous sunset, a magnificent symphony, puppies at play. They strike us as too beautiful for words. What is happening in our emotional system?

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Access Emotion through Free-association Writing

At times when something emotional is bubbling up inside but you can’t identify exactly what it is and what it means, try

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Happiness and Love, What’s the Difference?

Happiness and love have much in common but they are not the same emotion. One way to understand the difference between the two

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The Beauty of Sadness

Nobody likes feeling sad. But avoiding such moments would cause you to miss some of life’s greatest beauty. Sad moments enrich

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The Bitch and Moan Club

Most every group has at least  few of them. They always find something to complain about. No matter how good a situation appears to be,

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Campaign: What’s Different This Time

Political campaigns have for years been full of negative advertising and personal attacks. That’s normal.  What I’m seeing for the first time this year is a growing resentment among the electorate

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Deep Happiness vs. Momentary Happiness

Everybody is happy sometimes. But relatively few of us are happy to the core on an ongoing basis. What adjustments do we need to make?

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Phony Promises of Happiness

Do you get fed up with messages that hold out a promise of finding true happiness? I sure do. I especially object to those that claim a unique pathway to happiness

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Feeling Blah

Some feelings are clear. You can identify easily the sensation of being angry or scared or deeply in love. But what about those blah days when you feel a general unease

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A Hole in Your Life

Loss can feel like a giant hole. Part of your life, such as a job or a person you’ve cared about, is suddenly gone. Even if you’ve had mixed feelings or you knew that relationship was going to end, it can still feel

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