10 Emotions You Can Either Let Consume You Or Fuel You

10 Emotions You Can Either Let Consume You Or Fuel You

"Emotions make us human, denying them makes us beast."- Victoria Klein

We all have those days.

You know the ones where you're so upset or so angry that it seems like nothing can make it better. Then there are the ones where no matter what you do you don't feel any better.

An emotion is defined as a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others. You probably have felt all of the ones on this list at some point. Here are 10 emotions that you can let fuel you or consume you.

1. Heartbreak

I can say (from personal experience) that this is one of the harder ones because you often aren't aware of the emotion you have attached to something or someone whether it be a breakup or something else.

But sometimes heartbreak can end up being the best thing for you. It can become a time for reinvention, whether that's setting new boundaries, forgiving or taking a more active role in your life.

2. Pain or regret

Pain is necessary because it informs you that a change needs to be made. The best way to not let this emotion to consume you is to look at the overall end picture or goal.

Regret is the same. It's easy to say that we should "live life with no regrets" but actually putting this into practice is much harder.

3. Failure

Failure is definitely another one of the hard emotions to feel, especially when you feel int about yourself. It can potentially stop you from trying something again or doing something because you're afraid of failing.Next time you fail at something, no matter what it is, try again.

4. Disappointment

Everyone at some point or another will disappoint you and vice versa. It's inevitable. Instead of focusing on what caused the disappointment, try to focus on why you are disappointed.

5. Sadness

This one can coincide very easily with heartbreak. you can also feel sadness when leaving a pet, friend or relative that you may not see for a while. you can let it fuel you by really feeling the emotion.

6. Anger or hate

Everyone has felt anger at some point, sometimes more often then they care to admit. Anger can be an emotion that you hold onto and never let go.

To say you hate something or someone is strong. It means you dislike something or someone so much that you need a word better that dislike to describe it.

7. Jealousy

Jealousy seems like the most counterproductive feeling, and in a lot of cases, it is. It's an easy way to become bitter with the rest of the world.

So how do you combat it?

The trick here is to cut your jealousy off before it even attaches itself to someone or something else. You have every right to something that someone else has.

8. Betrayal

Somebody do something that you cant forgive no matter how hard you try? it could be a cheating significant other, a co-worker or friend stealing your idea— whatever it was it usually leaves you pretty upset.

9. Fear

Everyone has fear.

Fear of failing, doing something wrong and losing something that matters to you, not being enough (I've been there), and even fear of things like clowns or books.

10. Distrust

This one can weigh heavy if not dealt with right away. Once you lose trust for someone or something it can be hard to give it back. The same also goes if someone loses your trust.

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It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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