Tip o’ the Morning to Ya – Negative Emotions: Sadness

Rich Habits Word of the Day

Doleful – Sad, despondent. Tom appeared doleful about the results of his latest initiative.

Rich Habits Fact of the Day

Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.

Rich Habits Lesson of the Day

Human beings are all after one thing…..happiness. We all strive to be happy. Every single one of us, without exception. Happiness is the mosts powerful and influential of all of the positive emotions. It’s the grand daddy of positive emotions.  The desire for happiness has been hardwired into our subconscious since the beginning of time. Why? Those who are happy are healthier; their immune systems are stronger and they are better able to fight off cancer, disease, and infections. Those who are happy have better relationships. They have loving, caring families and friends who desire to spend time with one another every chance they get. Those who are happy make more money. Happiness motivates and drives us. It shows up on the job in the form of better quality, more creative problem solving and once again, stronger relationships. The desire to be happy makes humans do some incredible things, such as Mother Teresa’s efforts to help the world’s poor.

Sadness is the he opposite of happiness. And it is an equally powerful emotion, in a very negative way. Sadness impairs our immune system and, thus, our overall health. Sadness destroys relationships. People go out of their way to avoid sad people. Those who are sad make less money because they have little to no drive. Their productivity suffers and the quality of their work product suffers. They lose the ability to create; a fundamental human trait. They accomplish very little in life as a result.

The good news is that happiness and sadness are daily habits. There are things you can do to make a daily habit of happiness. The Rich Habits Daily Mind Routine is a very useful tool. This Mind Routine includes five core things:

  1. Twice a day daily meditation for 5-15 minutes each time
  2. Twice a day expressing sincere, emotionalized gratitude for at least one thing in your life
  3. Twice a day expressing sincere, emotionalized love for at least one person in your life
  4. Daily affirmations tied to specific goals you are currently pursuing
  5. Reading twice a day Future Mirror letters to yourself. These are letters you write to yourself about the future you. They can be two years or more into the future. These letters depict the ideal you in your ideal life.

One last thing. Looking into the past attracts sadness. Looking into the future attracts happiness. Avoid the habit of remenissing about the past and create the habit of feeling hopeful about the future. This is another reason why goals are so important. Goals act like a shield against sadness.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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