Positive Emotion

The positive emotion is about happiness.  Happiness is one of the five core emotions:  the others are fear, anger, sadness, and jealousy. Happiness rewards the Limbic Brain with pleasure and enjoyment. Happiness is about exuberance, being energetic, and excitement. The Mammalian Brain has the capacity to give us great pleasure, and that is a good thing. However, it is a good idea to keep in mind that the Mammalian Brain is conservative by nature and biologically can only tolerate so much hedonistic pleasure. At some point the Limbic Brain will reset itself and adjust to a more stable biochemistry. For the pleasure centered person, and chemically dependent person, this bio-chemical readjustment can lead to panic.  It is unwise for any of us to have a goal of always being happy.  Life just doesn’t work that way. I suggest in the Theory of Balanceology that we do have a choice to seek short-term pleasure of the body, or long-term happiness of the mind-body.


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