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The Positive Power of Negative Emotions: How harnessing your darker feelings can help you see a brighter dawn

Tim Lomas

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Prose: non-fiction, Self-help & personal development, Popular psychology

How to understand and harness negative feelings and behaviours so that you can lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.

The pursuit of happiness is universal. Most of us would like to experience more joy and elation. But when we feel like we are falling short of this ideal, we can often feel downcast. We may even see 'darker' emotional states, from sadness and anger to envy and anxiety, as character defects or serious illnesses.

In fact, there is unexpected value in the emotions most of us see as 'negative'. In subtle ways, the more negative emotions can bring us to a richer state of wellbeing. For example, sadness can open our hearts to the fragile beauty of life, enabling us to appreciate what we would usually take for granted. While anger may seem unpleasant, if channelled well, it can be a great catalyst for change and improvement in society.

THE POSITIVE POWER OF NEGATIVE EMOTIONS shows how the darker states of emotion are vital to a better understanding of ourselves and a more fulfilled life.

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Praise for The Positive Power of Negative Emotions: How harnessing your darker feelings can help you see a brighter dawn

  • This book is far more than an argument for tolerating bad feelings. Drawing on philosophy, the arts, psychology and personal experience, Tim Lomas shows how sadness, anxiety, anger and the rest can be a path to growth. His surprisingly uplifting message is that learning to harness our negative emotions will expand our capacity for joy

  • A truly inspirational new book - Daily Mail

  • Although we might not want to face our feelings of fear, sadness, and loneliness, these are the body's warning lights. In this useful and enjoyable book, Tim Lomas shows how our feelings give us the clues for how to make a better life. Learn to listen to your inner voice of wisdom - Professor Stephen Joseph, author of Authentic: How to be yourself and why it matters

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Tim Lomas

Dr Tim Lomas is one of Europe's leading experts on positive psychology and the programme leader at the University of East London's MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (one of the most highly respected post-graduate courses in Europe). He has written for the Guardian and has published numerous academic papers in high-profile journals, including Psychology, Public Policy and Law, Mindfulness, Psychology and Health and the Journal of Happiness Studies. His first book The Positive Power of Negative Emotions was published in 2016.

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