Positive and Negative Emotions

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It is definitely no secret that positive thinking can make you happier. It seems like such a simple concept, yet it is not an easy thing for people to embrace. There are many benefits to being an optimist. For one, it leads to allowing oneself to be open to new ideas and ways of thinking, therefore broadening your thought process. This, in turn, can lead to being more outgoing and social. There are also numerous benefits for our health from being a happier person. They can range from healthier, stronger immune systems and longer lifespans to better mental health! Optimistic people have less encounters with depression and have better coping skills and self-control. Happier people tend to be more relaxed and laid back and seem to have a better grasp on stress management.

Men and women are different when it comes to positive and negative emotions; or so it would seem. Women tend to internalize emotions from a very young age whereas men externalize them. Women tend to think and feel at the same time, whereas men never really seem to know what they are thinking or feeling. Men are more likely to shut down emotionally in order to shield themselves from the stress and anxiety around them when they need to focus on important issues. Women are more likely to seek social comfort and empathy. In the end, it all comes down to one thing: Two different brains. Neither is better than the other, as each has their own advantages!
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