“Like everybody else I have six basic emotions: sadness, suprise, anger, joy, fear, and disgust. Only one of them is positive, one is neutral, and all the others are negative.”
– Stefan Sagmeister, The Happy Show
Hello my beautiful friends ♥
With these words, I’d like to start the second post of the chit-chat series. This paragraph is an extract from an art exhibition, that I visited last week in Zurich. At this time I was already thinking about „happiness“ since many of my friends and I felt so desperate and down. While everyone is presenting themselves as a happy being on social media, they also frequently complain about feeling sad or depressed in real life. Why is it, that we always find ourselves complaining about life?
Well, the quote made something clear to me. Even in language use, we only have one word or emotion that represents the positive feeling (of course there are many synonyms). In this case, happiness is theoretically 1/6 of our feelings. Still wondering why you feel so much negativity? But the magic lays in the weight you give each section.
I would like to demonstrate something with an illustration.
If you have to divide a piece of paper into six rectangles and color them in with blue for sadness, anger, fear, and disgust, with turquoise for surprise and with green for joy, you can get different results.
Here you can see 2 possible solutions:
You decide whether you want a bluish or greenish picture. There will always be positive events and negative events in your life. You have to enhance the good things in order to feel joy! Nothing but your mindset is responsible for your own happiness. It’s all in your head. Not the environment, not the circumstances but your mind! If you really want to, you can feel joy despite bad grades, low income, family problems etc. Decide to be happy, and you will!
I hope you understood my explanations and liked this post. If you have any questions or ideas for future chit-chat posts, just let me know via comments, mail or instagram dms. Have a great week and be happy!