snow exhaustion by Phil Dragash-FlickrThis could be the best example of positive thinking yet.

Your unpleasant feelings are not only inevitable, they can also play a key role in your health and well-being.

A small study from Olin University published earlier this year showed that being comfortable experiencing and expressing mixed emotions was a predictor of improvements in well-being, while ignoring or evading negative feelings was not associated with boosts in well-being.

Participants who reported and acknowledged that they had both happy and sad emotions, were more likely to have better mental health.

A Huffington Post article describes six ways to embrace negative emotions, including turning your anger into creativity, gaining compassion by working through your shame, becoming grateful after loss, and using envy to spur yourself to become more.

(READ the article in the Huff Post)

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