Emotional Fitness: Daily exercise


Humans in societies exercise emotions in their everyday lives.


We exercise emotions by responding emotionally to events around us.  If we are emotionally healthy we tend to use more coherent emotions.  If we are not, then we might find our emotional turmoil inhibits our daily activities and prevents us from doing things we might otherwise want to do.  We are all sensitive to the emotions we have and those of the people around us.  We get emotional cues from other people by looking at their face, or hearing the sound of their voice.  Much or our lives is consumed by this relentless balancing act of emotional juggling.

Benefits of this definition

We maintain our emotional fitness through daily direct experience.

The main event

Our individual emotional repertoire is created and maintained via our own experiences. We model our emotional behaviour off the adults closest to us, including our parents, then our school peers and later friends and acquaintances. 

Our day to day life includes a constant balancing act between different emotions that spring up in response to events around us.

As a baby grows into a child and then an adult they learn, with the help of their parents' tolerance, patience, guidance and anguish, to moderate and control their emotions.  An adult human is expected to have the ability to manage their emotions in a way that makes them quite different from children.

Personal example

Challenge to audience

Staying whole and sane depends on us regulating our emotional experiences to ensure our emotional health.  This is similar to our need to regulate our nutritional diet so as to remain healthy physically.

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