The Purpose of Negativity in Happiness
We tend to deal in extremes, focusing on the worst or best case scenarios which often result in a total eclipse of the present moment. As we flip through social media channels, we're confronted by everyone else's "highlight" reel, and it can seem like the whole world is doing better than us. Whether it's a colleague who was just promoted, an old friend who is newly engaged, or a neighbor who went backpacking through Europe, it can be difficult to navigate the reality of our regular, less-than-exciting, everyday lives. While popular psychology proclaims that happiness is a choice, it may be worth it to consider the purpose of negativity in happiness. What if taking the time to feel our 'bad' feelings made us appreciate, and even make better progress toward, feeling happy again?
Learn how starting with small wins and celebrating our potential means mastering the gray area of happiness.
In addition to the Friday Happiness Post and Thriving Attorney, Darin M. Klemchuk is founder of Klemchuk LLP, a litigation, intellectual property, and transactional law firm located in Dallas, Texas. He also co-founded Project K, a charity devoted to changing the world one random act of kindness at a time. Click to read more about Darin Klemchuk's practice as an intellectual property lawyer.