Identifying and naming our emotions allows us to make a plan to appropriately manage what we are feeling. There is nothing wrong with experiencing any emotion (e.g., sadness, fear, loneliness), but reacting poorly to negative emotions can hurt ourselves and others.
One highly desired emotion is happiness. Though things like money, good grades, or a perfect body seem like they will make us happy, enduring happiness more often comes from exercising habits such as expressing gratitude or serving others.
Big changes, especially unexpected or unwanted changes, can leave us feeling unsettled. It is easy to feel sad, angry, or out of control during these times of transition. A few strategies can help you cope: be honest about your emotions, focus on and take ownership of what you can control.
Resilience, perseverance, and grit are character traits that we can acquire and strengthen in our own lives. These traits help us to succeed and to thrive through hard times.