Painful emotions often pass by in a fairly short time if you devote your attention to something else in the moment.
This isn’t always true, of course, but it’s true often enough to be useful.
We need to remember that if we dwell excessively on negative emotions, it’s like giving them energy that helps them to grow into what Dr. Russ Harris in The Happiness Trap calls ‘giant dangerous demons.’
So just remember: don’t feed the demons. Try shifting your awareness to something else and I think you’ll find that very often that helps the emotion to pass by much more quickly.
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