Usually, when you are feeling miserable, you have good reason. Events in life, such as unexpected circumstances, loss, relationships turning out badly, finding that circumstances are worse than you expected and being separated from loved ones can cause anguish. At times, it can feel like you barely pick yourself up from one emotional crisis when the next hits.
As much as we’d like to avoid these painful situations, they are a part of life. It’s impossible to fully anticipate, plan for or avoid loss and other circumstances that can make you feel miserable.
Because you can’t eliminate these situations from your life, it’s important to ensure that you also have positive life experiences to offset the intense negative emotions that can severely impact on your emotional well-being.
When painful events happen, it often feels like happiness is out of our control. But, you can cause positive experiences and emotions in your life as well. Feeling better, even briefly, won’t eradicate feelings of misery, but it will keep your emotions on a more even keel and help you begin to feel better.
When you have good reason to feel bad, it’s hard to make positive changes. However, it’s important to ensure that positive life experiences balance out stressful and overwhelming times.
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Last reviewed: 27 Mar 2012