Do you ever feel the pressure to put on a happy face, when you are actually sad? A study showed that it can toll on your mental health. As per the reports, the findings showed that the pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat while embracing your darker moods without judging or trying to change them may help cope with their stress more successfully.
Iris Mauss who is Associate Professor at the University of California Berkeley said that they have found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions will add up to better psychological health. And by contrast, the people who commonly judge them harshly or resist acknowledging their darkest emotions can end up feeling more psychologically stressed.
He further added that those who generally allow such bleak feelings as sadness, resentment to run their course and disappointment were reported fewer mood disorder symptoms than those who critique them or push them away after six months. The professor Mauss said that “Maybe if you have an accepting attitude toward negative emotions, you’re not giving them as much attention. But, if you’re constantly judging your emotions, the negativity can pile up”.
The report published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology tested the link between emotional acceptance and psychological health for the study. And the results showed that those who did not feel bad about their negative emotions showed higher levels of well-being than their lesser accepting peers. While the group that typically avoids negative feelings reported more distress than their more accepting peers. Brett Ford who is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto explained that “It turns out that how we approach our own negative emotional reactions is really important for our overall well-being,”.