Contagious Emotions

Have you ever noticed that emotions are contagious?  Like the common cold, we can pass them to others with even the briefest exchange.

If my child is irritable, my wife sad, my friend happy, or my parents discouraged, I can sense and take on their emotion without knowing it. 

This is especially true of negative emotions. One person's bad mood, can quickly put others in a bad moods as well.(When was the last time you said to someone, "I was having a good day until I talked to you".) This shows us just how much we affect each other.

Now emotions are the sort of things that bubble up from within and that you have very little control over... That is, initially.  You simply feel them.

But, we do have choices as to whether to nurse or challenge, or work through emotions, especially negative ones. In other words, we do not have to stay in the emotion we originally feel.

So then consider, if we are to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselvesdo we have a responsibility to try to work through our negative emotions so that we don't negatively impact those around us?  

Grace & Peace,
Brad Swope

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