Emotions That Shouldn’t Make You Feel Guilty

Emotions are an everyday part of life. There isn’t a time in your life when you let emotions such as happiness or excitement make you feel bad, so why do you let other emotions make you feel poorly? One of the things that bothers me most about people is their guilt over feeling a specific way. Your emotions are yours; they are no one else’s and they are certainly nothing to feel ashamed of or guilty about. Here are three emotions you shouldn’t feel guilty for experiencing in life.


Life happens to everyone and sometimes life isn’t fair. It’s fine to feel angry. In fact, if something doesn’t anger you at some point in your life, you’re not really living it, are you? Anger is a perfectly healthy emotion to experience; it’s nothing to feel guilty about. However, this only counts as true if your anger is healthy and not at all violent or abusive in any way.


Of course you don’t want to feel sadness in your life. No one does. Sadness isn’t a fun emotion, but it’s a necessary one. Sadness occurs when something hurts you or upsets you and it shouldn’t make you feel guilty or ashamed. We all deal with it. The only time you should feel guilty or ashamed of your sadness is if you let it take over your life and control you for much longer than is necessary.


Here’s one that conflicts me, yet it shouldn’t make you feel guilty. Jealousy, in my opinion, is a wasted emotion. It means you’re not happy with your life and where you are, which means you’re not doing what you need to do. However, if you want to look at it from the flip side, your jealousy can be used as a motivational tool to help you improve your life and make you happier. If you feel jealousy toward someone or something else, don’t feel guilty about it. Use it as motivation to change your own life so that you don’t have to feel this way again in the future.

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