The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks

The Good Side of Bad Feelings

We all have the tendency to want to avoid bad feelings—pain, anger, sadness, and disgust. But is it right to simply push them away? In this episode, Arthur and Ceci discuss the biological importance of bad feelings, as well as how to manage your unhappiness and even benefit from the inevitable pain and suffering that are a normal part of life.

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References and further reading:

Sit With Negative Emotions, Don’t Push Them Away | Arthur Brooks

PANAS Questionnaire | Measuring Positive and Negative Affect

It’s a Terrible Day in the Neighborhood, and That’s O.K. | Mariana Alessandri



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