Why negative emotions are good for us

I recently wrote a post called 'When the facade of a good mood is beneficial' - basically when it works to sort of trick our brain to help us along in the day. But this is not suppressing emotions. This is definitely not in support of toxic positivity, which is in the fabric of society … Continue reading Why negative emotions are good for us

When the facade of a good mood is beneficial

With a chronic illness you might be familiar, in certain settings, with putting on a facade of good mood/well-being in order to function. A facade that sometimes really does not match your internal state of being and mood. There can be times when pretending to be 'happy' or in a 'good mood' actually can help … Continue reading When the facade of a good mood is beneficial

Chronic illness: Mood, happiness, and life satisfaction

 What I don't like is this 'pursuit of happiness' as an ultimate life goal. It is flawed in design. It is like utopia... it doesn't exist. You will never find it and the quest will make you dissatisfied and miserable. And yet, it is something in our culture we seem to think is perfectly normal. … Continue reading Chronic illness: Mood, happiness, and life satisfaction

Not miserable? You must not have pain

Yeah, apparently I am not allowed to have normal moods. People living with chronic pain often experience depression and negative emotion, magnifying both the severity and ongoing nature of the pain. Although that may come as no surprise to someone who has lived with pain or other significant life stress, in fact, people also experience … Continue reading Not miserable? You must not have pain

Paingry: Angry, so angry but trying not to show it.

Gripping about that irritation from pain. Good thing no one is psychic from the angry little thoughts this pained brain comes up with when trying to function through the pain. People like to think pain is just a sensation. It is initiated by something and the signal travels to the brain, the brain says 'Ow … Continue reading Paingry: Angry, so angry but trying not to show it.