In the world of emotions, there is an enormous list that all humans are capable of experiencing, throughout every day in everything we do. However, women and men tend to limit our emotions to just a few. By narrowing the boundaries of our emotions, we tend to set boundaries of our emotional health and create a limited emotional well-being. The same few emotions often include love, happiness, anger, anxiety, stress, relaxation, and confidence.

Making Our Life's Experience More Colorful

However, the more emotions we can feel, the more we can open up our life's experiences and the more colorful our world can be. Instead of labeling certain emotions in major categories, instead we should be defining specific emotions, to remove the limitation of the experience of what it is we are feeling. This simple adjustment in the way we think can improve the quality of our life by experiencing the emotion to its fullest, whether good or bad.

Expanding Our Definitions

As an example, imagine the last time you felt "Happy". Was a really happiness you were feeling? Or, did you feel Glad, Delighted, Joyful, Elated, Thrilled or Exhilarated? Let us look at another example. Last time somebody did something kind for you was their service "Good"? Or, was it Adequate, Great, Excellent, or Sublime? See the difference?

By specifically defining what emotion you were actually feeling, you will naturally change the overall experience. Experiencing an event that made you feel "joyful" is better than "happy", and experiencing something that is exhilarating is the ultimate feeling of the event, at that moment.

Changing a Negative to a Positive

By specifically defining our emotions to exactly what they are, we stand a better chance of altering the emotional energy it creates, especially if it is something that is doing us harm. If we experience anger, fear, worry, or anxiety, and specifically define it for what it is, instead of "I feel bad," we can effectively manage that emotion and find a way to reverse it. Determining specifically what you are worrying about or feel anxious about allows you to take responsibility for it, improve it, and change the negative feelings into positive ones such as happiness and joy.

We Are What We Think

Our emotional health not only determines the effective state of our consciousness (such as sorrow, fear, hate, stress and anxiety), they can also create physiological changes. In turn, our emotional well-being helps form our cognitive state, or how we perceive and understand things. It also affects our volitional state of consciousness, or the things that we are willing or intending to do.

In effect, even against our will, we become what we think. The result of that makes it all that much more important to maintain a high quality level of emotional well-being. Next time you begin to generalize exactly how you feel, think about a list of emotions that are better descriptions of what you are truly experiencing. The little "tweak" you make in describing the event and how you think about it can expand your life's experiences and make your existence all that much richer.

Author's Bio: 

Nancy Philpott R.N, Emotional Health Coach, and Consulting Hypnotist, believes the power to transform our emotions, health, and our destiny is waiting within each of us. Nancy offers individual and group coaching programs. Go Now to http://www. and learn more about Nancy's FREE “Emotional Health Secrets to Reprogram Your Emotions ”webinars. Visit http://www. and find self help for depression and anxiety