Emotion plays a major role in influencing our behaviour. Life would be dreary without feelings like joy and sorrow, excitement and disappointment, love and fear, hope and dismay. Emotion adds colour and spice to life. Emotions are feelings such as happiness, disappointment and sorrow that generally have both physiological and cognitive elements that influence behaviour. The word ‘emotion’ is derived from the Latin word ‘Emover’ which means to ‘stir up’ or to ‘excite’. It can be understood as an agitated or excited state of our mind and body. Actually, every emotional experience, whatever it may be, involves feelings—a sense of response aroused in the heart.

Feeling and emotions are both affective experiences. There is only a difference in degree. After perceiving a thing or a situation, feelings of pleasure or displeasure can be aroused. There may be some intensity or degree of strength in these feelings. Emotions occupy a very important position in a person’s life, as they motivate many in their job endeavours. A person in love makes sacrifices for the object of their affection.

The love of their offspring spurs the parents to great sacrifices. Emotions have a stimulating effect, for example, a person who is in a happy state of mind invariably makes others also happy and sees happiness around him. Similarly, a person who is angry makes others angry. Thus, emotions are contagious. Emotions also play a crucial role in creative and artistic activities.

Therefore, it’s not bad to have and feel emotions.

Author: Ariv Patankar

Editor: Charu Sabharwal

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