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Personal growth: Why can our moods change so much day to day? October 3, 2018

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Solving Problems.
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For a long time I have been puzzled by, and have sought solutions to the question of why we can be in a strong  “up” mood one day, and  yet on  the very next day we can be “down”, despite the fact that our life circumstances have been identical on both

For example, we can have a serious cash flow problem in our lives and be looking constructively for ways to solve the challenge.

One day the cash problem is perceived as a challenge that can be dealt with on a logical basis and managed successfully.

The next day, the same financial conditions can seem overwhelming and throw us into despair.

Since the circumstances have not changed, the difference in perception is logically the result of changes in our mood, an interpretation suggested by psychologist Richard Carlson. (1)

In addition to the obvious mental and emotional distress, our moods, whether too up or too down, can result in our making bad decisions, based on emotion rather than logic.

So, is there a way we can feel “up” on a consistent basis?

Or, is such an emotional state even possible?

(1) Discussed at length in his book, You Can Be Happy No Matter What.
Dennis Mellersh


1. betulerbasi - December 14, 2018

I think this -having this broad emotional spectrum and use of all of this spectrum daily- is a very challenging part of human nature, but also shows how diverse we are, how many dimensions we have within us as humans. We just need to know how to utilize this for our good.

Dennis Mellersh - December 20, 2018

I think that managing our diversity of emotions is one of the reasons we engage in personal growth and spiritual efforts to try to achieve emotional balance….DM

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