Pain is a Part of Joy

Pain is a Part of Joy

Happiness demands that we confront negative feelings head-on, without letting them overwhelm. Real life is full of disappointments, loss and inconveniences. To live a rich and meaningful life, we must allow ourselves a full range of emotions. Otherwise life is just a struggle against reality. Negative states are as important as positive, they help cue us into what we value and what we need to change.  Grief for a loved one reminds us how much we cherish our relationships. Frustration with several jobs in a row is a sign we’re in the wrong career.  Without the contrast of darkness, there is no light.

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