Can’t wait to read this book which is being released tomorrow! I’m so grateful that Todd B. Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener wrote this book to help us remember the inherent value in NOT being happy all the time.
What we usually think of as “negative” emotions are actually powerful tools that we can harness to experience greater overall success, fulfillment and well-being. Agile is about embracing all of the tools in our toolbox and that means we need to accept the dark side of good things….and strive to see the GOOD side of DARK things too.
The English language is notoriously dualistic – nearly every word we use has a good or bad connotation to it. It’s so hard to be unbiased or even to find “neutral” words to describe things like our own emotions.
Did you know that the english language has like 25 or 30 words for “negative” emotions and only like 8 or 10 for “positive”?
We call Anger, Fear, and Pain “negative” emotions but in reality, they are what make it possible for us to have long lives. Insects don’t have anger, fear or pain because they only live a few days or weeks – so they don’t need them in order to survive and flourish.
I’m thrilled to include this book on my Resource List as I’m writing my book on Cultivating Agile Self-Leadership for people who don’t respond well to self-“control” : ) It also fits beautifully with the 8 Keystone Habits of Personal Agility.