Difficult times are a part of every person's
life. It's not strange to be bombarded with emotions you can't handle. With all
the emphasis on positive thinking and being happy, the reality tends to get
veiled. What we forget is that a little bit of sadness, a couple of 'bad' days
can actually help us emerge stronger, more focused and more determined.
Positive and happy moments are definitely easier
to live in, but in a world where sadness did not exist, the value of happiness
would be really low. Aristotle, the famous Greek philosopher taught that an
ideal life was the life of eudaimonia
translated as happiness. Contrary to this belief, it was actually a detachment
from the delusional life and acceptance of reality that Aristotle was talking
The new world beliefs strive to inculcate
positive thinking and free will in the minds of the common man, leaving behind realistic thoughts and beliefs, which actually contribute to developing and shaping an individual's personality.
Treat pain just as an immunity shot. The
injection may hurt a bit, even swell sometimes, but in the end, it changes you
in a hundred ways, making you more resistant and strong. What's more, sadness
and depression give you better sleep, and help you better analyze tricky
situations. You tend to approach a risky situation more carefully and with a
greater tact after you've faced a failure or sadness in that area.
Researcher Peter Hills, a cognitive psychologist
at the Anglia Ruskin University of England admits that being in a sad mood is
often associated with poor performance at cognitive tasks. However, this study,
mentioned in the journal 'Consciousness and Cognition', seems to have broken
all the earlier beliefs of psychologists. The new findings obtained from this
study have confirmed that sad people perform better at face recognition than
others. Peter Hills also suggests the possibility of sad people being more
susceptible to social cues.
Sad people are basically thought to fare better
at facial recognition skills due to the fact that they tend to pick up minute
details more than happy people, which in turn helps them recall faces better.
Moreover, it is also found that traumatic events
enhance analytical reasoning and this helps you break down a complex problem
into smaller parts.
So the next time you face a bad situation in
life, which you think you can't handle, slow down, take a deep breath, and
remind yourself--Nothing is permanent. This too shall pass.