Emotions must be identified and accepted. As we begin to be more in tune with our emotions, we will start to recognize the people, places, and things that trigger a negative emotional response, allowing us to either avoid them or find ways to live with them so we can keep our emotions managed.
Happiness research has shown that the behaviors and habits we engage in do matter—from gratitude to kindness to mindfulness—and that they can lead to an enduring happiness boost. Money, good grades, having lots of stuff, a perfect body, true love, and a good job may be nice to have, but they don’t bring nearly the happiness people think they will.
Changes may be temporary or long-term, but each will follow a predictable pattern. Knowing the pattern can help us recognize our emotions and give us hope that life will adapt to these changes.
Perseverance, resilience, and grit are skills that help us prepare for and navigate through the challenges of life. These skills also help us serve and help others through their challenges.