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Mar 13, 2019

When bad things happen, you should feel upset. Don’t turn that frown upside down...right away. You heard that right. Science shows suppressing negative emotions is bad for you. Learn the science of negative emotions, and why being okay with feeling bad doesn’t contradict anything about positive psychology. Rather, there’s a harmony between the positive and negative.

[00:00] Intro

[01:54] Study: Avoiding negative emotions = less happy

[05:12] Negative emotions are like pain

[05:32] Study: Avoiding negative emotions = more lonely

[07:20] Study: Suppressing negative emotions is bad

[09:15] Travel and negative emotions

[10:48] Confirmation bias: If you’re expecting everything to suck, you will find evidence.

[13:00] Study: Here’s what’s bad about confirmation bias

[14:33] The reticular activating system: train your brain