Can a person feel happy and sad in the same time? Even though we have a certain capacity to experience different feelings at the same time still there are certain feelings that can hardly exist together.
Happiness is one of those feelings that need to be experienced alone in order for it to be felt correctly. Yes you might feel happy while feeling anxious or while experiencing any other emotion but in order for you to experience true happiness you must get rid of your fears, anxieties and other emotions that might interfere with it.
How to stop living with fear
Some people might mistakenly think that fear is only experienced in fearful situations but the truth is that fear can haunt someone’s subconscious mind and make him afraid all the time and everywhere.
Some people never manage to experience happiness because they are living with fear all the time.
The businessman who is always feeling anxious about the future of his business will hardly experience true happiness, the guy who is always worried about being accepted by his friends will hardly experience true happiness and the person who is trying to escape from problems he has in his life will never experience true happiness.
Some people have unconscious fears that are present with them all the time and that prevent them from experiencing true happiness. whenever they start to feel happy they find themselves feeling afraid or even thinking that their happiness is not real.
Kill your fears
If you decided to ignore your fears or act as if they are not there then know that the only place where you will see happiness will be TV. Some people think that time can let them forget about their fears but avoiding something that makes us afraid only results in the growth of the feelings of fear.
In short, you might be living with fear without even noticing and unless you hunt down these fears you will never experience real happiness.
How to Overcome Fear
Analyze Your Fear – Start by acknowledging it. It’s easy to ignore or deny our fears, even to ourselves, in a society that stresses the importance of being strong and brave. But courage can’t come into play unless you have a fear to face down. By owning your feelings you’ve taken the first step toward gaining control over the situation.
Define its contours – Approaching your fear as something with a beginning and an end can help you see that you have the power to contain it. If you can clearly see the shape of your fear, you’ll be able to recognize when it’s affecting you and handle it more effectively. Answer the following questions to better understand your fear.
Imagine the outcome you desire – Now that you completely understand your fear, think about what exactly you want to change. You already have your big goal set – you want to overcome your fear – but it’s important to set smaller concrete goals to help you get there
For more information on this subject, consider seeing a counselor if your fears seem to be taking over. A trained specialist can help you figure out the source of your fears and create new ways of coping.
Inspired in part by M.Farouk Radwan, MSc
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