The messiness of human emotion

I was thinking about emotions the other day. Quite randomly, I pondered these feelings (turns out they are not really feelings) and their use to us. Today I want to share my thoughts. Let’s start at the beginning. There are six basic emotions – happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, surprise and anger. Beyond these, researchers have identified at least 21 additional distinctive emotions that can be derived from the primal six emotions. This made me wonder. What is the evolutionary purpose of emotions? Why do we feel? A quick Google search provided some insights.

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My top 5 dream jobs (plus a reality check)

Today it is time to take a trip down fantasy lane. We all have dreams of things we would like to do in our lifetime. Some might be achievable goals, while others are just wild ideas that roam in our imagination. For me, today’s list of mainly consists of the latter. It is a list of five dream jobs I fantasise about having, without having real plans to pursue any of these plans.

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How to practice the sweet art of doing nothing – 4 simple steps

In our culture, it is important to always do something useful. We have become afraid to be alone with our thoughts and social media has made it easier than ever to never be idle. Maybe you can relate to feeling guilty if your mind isn’t occupied with anything. For me, it feels uneasy, as if I am missing out on something. But by quickly turning to our phones to fill the void in our mind, we rob ourselves of something very valuable. We rob ourselves from the opportunity to let the mind wander. This is not just laziness. Doing nothing lets us empty our cups so that we can return to the participation of life with room in our minds. Neuroscientists think this ‘doing nothing’ also helps us to become more creative and improves our problem-solving skills.

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