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15 Amazing Facts About Emotions You Should Know

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1. According to scientists, there are 8 primary innate emotions:  joy, acceptance, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger, and anticipation. Other important emotions like ‘love’ are results of permutation and combination of these 8.

2. Emotions’ are the biggest motivator of human actions. They make you survive, make love (reproduce), create social bonds and be moral. The emotions we feel each day can compel us to take action and influence the decisions we make about our lives, both large and small.

Charles Darwin believed that emotions like fear were key to human evolution. For example, if someone was afraid of a bear, they would run away. Some animals, like the Dodo bird, didn’t develop fear of predators (as there were none on their isolated islands) which led to their extinction. Also, feelings of attraction are believed to have helped early humans breed with other desirable people, which improved the species each generation.

3. Bad feelings are not that bad after all. Experiencing negative emotions such as fear and anger is important for mental health and helps us evaluate our experiences in a positive way. Someone who only experiences positive emotions runs the risk of becoming complacent and ignoring the issues that really matter.

Anger and anxiety, for example, show that something needs to change, and perhaps that our well-being has been threatened. Fear is an appeal to increase your level of safety. Resentment motivates us to change something in a relationship. Frustration does as well. Basically, negative emotions are there to alert us that something needs to change and to motivate us to make that change.

4. Emotions are universal. Researcher and emotion expert Paul Eckman has found that, for the most part, the facial expressions used to convey basic emotions tend to be the same across cultures. So the facial expressions of New Yorkers and Papuans are the same when experiencing the same emotions.

5. We unconsciously mimic the emotional expressions of those around them. Whether being “infected” with a smile or picking up positive energy online, us humans just can’t help ourselves from “catching” emotions from other people.

Research has found that upbeat emotions such as enthusiasm and joy, as well as negative ones, including sadness, fear and anger, are easily passed from person to person, often without either party’s realizing it. If everyone around you is sad, you will feel sadness, too. If everyone is happy and excited, that is infectious, and makes others happy as well. This is why it is important to escape toxic environments, especially if people in your surroundings are aggressive and violent.

6. If you adjust your facial expression to reflect a certain emotion, you will actually begin to feel that emotion, studies have found. When you are happy you smile, right? But it works the other way, too. If you want to make yourself happy, all you have to do is force your face into a smile for around 30 seconds and you will instantly feel happier. It’s that simple.

7. Self-awareness is the key to emotional intelligence. The earlier you recognize an emotion, the more choice you have in dealing with it.

8.  Different colors can stir up certain emotions because of what we associate with these hues from nature. For example, blue is a very calming color and enhances relaxation because it’s associated with the ocean, whereas yellow is considered a joyous, vibrant color due to its connection to the sun.

9. It’s easier to fake positive emotions like joy than negative emotions. Emotions like fear, sadness anger etc. have several physical indications that cannot be produced on demand.

10. Sarcasm makes you stronger and more creative. The reason sarcasm enhances creativity is that to both create a sarcastic comment and to interpret the hidden meaning of it requires more creative thinking, and exercises the exact same parts of the brain that will later participate in creative idea generation. If you are sarcastic, chances are you have a good creative flare.

11. Anger can make you sick. A 2009 study showed that angry people are more at risk for heart attacks. Healthy people who are often angry or hostile are 19% more likely than calmer people to get heart disease. Among people with heart disease, those who usually feel angry or hostile fared worse than others.

12. Fear can make you stronger. Ordinarily, people only use about 65% of their muscular potential, but when faced with a fearful situation, it’s possible for more to become unlocked.

13. Women cry more than men. According to a 1980s study, women cry 5.3 times per month on average, while men cry 1.4.

14. Our sense of smell directly affects our emotions, work performance and behaviour in a variety of ways.

15.  People have over 10,000 subtle facial expressions that can express their emotions. Whats more impressive is that most people can pick up on these subtle changes. We have evolved to be able to recognize emotions via subtle changes in facial expression.

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