Expressing Unedited Emotion (for March 30th, 2011)
Young children don’t hold back.
Hugs and kisses come easily and spontaneously. They say “I love you” more often, and unlike most adults, we know what they mean and we know how they feel.
Culture makes us hold back and hesitate. We leave our deepest thoughts unvoiced, and keep our warmest feelings to ourselves.
We’re all good at criticizing and finding fault with the people with live with, but not so good at expressing appreciation and love. We’re quick to get anger, and slow to forgive – especially with those we love the most.
The greatest tragedy is that most of us will leave this life not knowing that we are appreciated, that we make a big difference in the lives we touch, and how much we are loved.
Your happiness exercise for today: Imagine that today is your last chance to see the people you love. Say what you need to say, and express how much you love them.