Our personal history is also written with the ink of every emotion felt, every overcome fear, and every happy moment that has left an indelible mark on the mind and heart. After all, life is not marked by the years lived, but by the emotions experienced.
Emotions give meaning to our existence. Joy, happiness, surprise, fear, sadness, wonder, nostalgia. All, regardless of their positive or negative value, define who we are, mark our behavior and, at the same time, give meaning to our actions.
As a writer rightly stated, “the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. You have to feel them with your heart”. She knew it well, because being deaf-blind, she learned to move and understand her reality through that invisible universe that we often don’t appreciate as we should: sensations, relationships, feelings.
We often hear that humans are social beings and that our brain is a rational organ, a collection of interconnected cells and tissues that shape thoughts, choices, and behaviors. But the truth is that we human beings are emotional creatures and the only language our brain understands is that of emotions.
All of this makes us wonderful, but also tremendously complex. Interpreting life from this point of view can help us have greater control over them and live them with greater intensity. Because it is true that time is measured in hours, but life in emotions.
Emotions regulate our daily life in various ways. Such biological realities don’t just affect how we feel physically, with our heart racing when we fall in love or the stomach ache we feel when we fidget. They also affect how we think and act in some moments.
Our life is measured in emotions because they are the soundtrack of our every moment. Having a clear understanding of the importance of this psychophysiological dimension is essential for our well-being. It is as it allows us to understand that greater understanding and control over emotions can reflect on our happiness or, on the contrary, on suffering that risks crystallizing.
Our existence is not woven exclusively with the threads of happiness. In this canvas, unique for each of us, the colors of pain, loss, and sadness are also present. And it is precisely in this game of nuances and contrasts that the authentic beauty (and resilience) of life resides.
Well, emotions define our history and our person. To give an example: The end of a relationship can cause a permanent wound, an emptiness that can absorb all hope and feeling; a pain that can become chronic to the point of preventing us from having new relationships.
Similar situations are quite common. Fortunately, the emotional fabric of some people is woven with resilience, which gives a great capacity for healing, to go beyond, the desire to live, to try, to experience.
A famous psychologist teaches us that in terms of emotions we are all a little unprepared. We repress them, we mislead them, we don’t know how to give you a name and we often get carried away by them without thinking about the consequences.
It is good to understand that feeling good means experiencing the right emotion at all times and knowing how to manage it. It means, for example, that when someone offends us we have every right to get angry. But anger must not induce us to react with violence, but in an assertive and reasoned way. It also means that faced with uncertain situations that lead to change, it is perfectly normal to feel fear and anxiety. These emotions must be accepted and experienced as legitimate and normal. Fully understanding these foundations of psychological health allows us to better manage every situation and personal circumstance.
Life is measured in emotions, even in moments of unhappiness, sadness, melancholy, hope, disappointment. We are the result of our experience and, above all, of the sensations we have experienced in every experience. And this is precisely what makes us unique. Each of us is defined by overcoming fears, healed sadness, anger transformed with forgiveness, and disappointment won by success and happiness.
With the passage of time, we leave behind many things, many emotions that are also the basis of our memories.
But the future always holds new opportunities that can excite us. Because, in reality, we live every day with an emotion.