John D. (Jack) Mayer states that “Emotions operate two major levels; physical and psychological.  Dr. Maurice Elias on the other hand, says, “Emotions are human beings’ warning systems as to what is really going on around them.  In other words, they act as an indicator of how things are going on in one’s lives. Emotions help by keeping us in check to make sure that we are not only controlled by our mental reasoning. Emotions control thinking, actions and behavior. A person who suppresses their emotions are not healthy beings and are subjecting themselves to physical illness. There are two types of emotions; positive and negative. Negative emotions are the ones that cause emotional pain and they include; frustration, fear, negativity etc.

1. Open Up

The first step to express your emotional pain is to open up. You can choose to open up to a counselor or someone close to you. But while at it, you need to keep an open mind to the person you are talking to. This will enable the counselor to understand you better on where the negativity is coming from. You should also ask for feedback to check up on your progress.

2. Learn How to Monitor Your Feelings

  • Allow yourself to feel your emotions.

You do not necessarily have to bury your feelings or ignore them as this will only cause you more and more pain and damage to your body. Instead, you have to express the pain. You can express the pain through various channels.

  • Stop being so negative

You should monitor your internal dialogue to keep out negative emotions from your mind. Instead of telling yourself how terrible a situation is, you can be more positive by telling yourself how you are in a bad situation but you will get over it. You should also rationalize your mind to know that getting angry won’t solve anything for you.

  • Watch yourself as you talk to others

Once you have gained control of your emotions, you should watch how you talk to others and restraint yourself from uttering negative words that will only serve to frustrate or anger you. Take time and think whether you would like to be told whatever you are telling other people. You should also own up to certain things. You should not sound accusatory when you express your emotions to others. Find out creative ways to increase your intuition here.

3. Learn to Manage Your Emotions Physically

  • Engage in Exercise

Exercise is a very effective way of dealing with negative emotions. Slow exercises such as yoga help one to relax. When done regularly, exercise calms down a distressed soul. In addition, it is good for your physical fitness, your heart, and emotional wellbeing. You can also take a nice walk in nature to relax the body.

  • Develop relaxation techniques.

There are several relaxation techniques such as; listening to slow music and deep-breathing exercises. Inspiring Quotes are a great way to comfort your emotions in times of loneliness.

  • Meditation

To meditate, sit in a relaxed, comfortable position with both feet on the ground then close your eyes. Take deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling slowly and gently for at least 10 minutes. Once you are completely relaxed, you can feel your heart and imagine yourself somewhere relaxing.  Stay with this feeling for as long as you can.  Over time, meditation will cleanse out the negative emotions from your body.

4. Expressing Feelings Through Creativity

  • Use of Art

Art therapy is a useful way to express emotions. Art therapy provides an individual with an opportunity channel their feelings on a piece of paper on any other writing material, like a canvass. There are many types of art one can engage in and eventually develop it into a hobby. For example, one can paint, sing, play a musical instrument, dancing or even collecting antique pieces of art.

  • Keep a Journal

Writing about what you feel can help you understand what triggered the negative emotions and help you understand yourself better. In this way, instead of reacting negatively, you channel all the anger, hurt or fears into a book. This journal when taken to counseling sessions, will help your counselor to get an honest view of your feelings and understand the situation you are in better. Here are a number of great writing tips to help you get along.

5. Alienate Yourself from the Situation

Once you have identified your emotions and realized whatever is causing you emotional pain, you need to alienate yourself from the situation and the emotion. For example, if there are certain friends pressurizing you to engage in acts that are against your beliefs and have refused to understand you, you can simply stop associating with them.

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This Unique Spanish Home Was Built Under a Rolling Hill and Is Completely Eco-Friendly

You wouldn’t know there was a home resting inside of this rolling hillside were it not for the roof sloping downward over a parked car and bicycles. Known as the Live Garden House, this vaulted home was built into a hillside and features traditional construction techniques practiced in Zaragoza, Spain.

Spanish designers sought to create a fully sustainable home that used locally-sourced materials for its construction. They achieve their vision with this zero-energy structure that lets in natural sunlight, has a natural ventilation system and features a rainwater collection system.

All of its sustainable features are made even better by placing them underneath an undulating green roof (which has plants and vegetation growing on top of it). Not only does the home look beautiful inside, it fits in perfectly with the surrounding landscape.

And the inside is just as welcoming and serene as the outside. Take a look for yourself!

h/t Inhabitat

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The REAL Reason Barns Are Usually Red

Almost every barn I’ve ever seen has been red, and I never knew why. I mean, I love red as a color, but it never really made any sense why every single barn I’ve ever come across had to be red. There are so many other colors to choose from!

The real reason barns are painted red actually has nothing to do with color preference, and everything to do with practicality.

When the very first New England settlers were building farms, many of them lacked the necessary funds to paint their buildings. However, they still needed a way to protect their barns’ wood from the elements, so they came up with their own solution to the problem: by mixing skim milk, lime, and red iron oxide, they successfully created a plastic-like substance that they could coat their farm buildings with to protect them.

Eventually, paint manufacturers would mix in chemical pigment and red was the favorite due to how cheap it was. And, as with many things in this world, people never sought to change it. So, red was how it began and red is how it has stayed.

h/t Business Insider

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Professor Who Predicted Donald Trump Becoming President Has a New Prediction: Impeachment

Image via: Max Goldberg from USA - Trump CAUCUS

Allan Lichtman, a professor at American University, has gained quite a bit of notoriety over the years as he’s successfully predicted the outcome of every presidential election to date, starting in 1984. He correctly predicted the Donald Trump would win the 2016 election and is now making another prediction: Donald Trump will be impeached.

"Now, he focuses on the 45th President of the United States and his next forecast, that it is not a question of if President Trump will be impeached, but a question of when," said Shelby Meizlik, spokesperson for HarperCollins.

In fact, Lichtman has written a book stating his argument for why Trump should be impeached. The Case for Impeachment is being published by Dey Street Books and will release to the public on April 18th.

Lichtman made the prediction that Trump would be impeached alongside his prediction that he would be elected and his book will go into detail as to why.

Lichtman told the Washington Post this past September:

"I'm going to make another prediction. This one is not based on a system; it's just my gut. They don't want Trump as president, because they can't control him. He's unpredictable. They'd love to have Pence — an absolutely down-the-line, conservative, controllable Republican. And I'm quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook."

It certainly seems as though there is a strong case for impeachment, especially when considering Trump's Russian connections and the multitude of conflicts of interests surrounding his businesses, as Lichtman argues.

Do you think Lichtman’s fortune-telling capabilities will ring true once again?

h/t Time

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6 Bizarrely Beautiful Houseplants You've Probably Never Heard Of

Houseplants are a great addition to any home as not only do they bring a clean, fresh aesthetic to the space, they also help improve air quality. If you’ve ever wanted to bring plants into your home, but think that they’re kind of boring or not worth the effort, try out one of these bizarre houseplants that are anything but boring.

Mix it up a little with these six houseplants that are beautiful, but also a little strange.

Euphorbia Caput-Medusae
Succulents a great option for everyone who’s looking for a low-maintenance plant. They only need watering about once a week and even just once a month during the winter months. The type of succulent shown here is referred to as “Medusa’s Head,” a moniker taken on because of its likeness to the Greek monster with snakes for hair. It is native to South Africa.

The Trachyandra also looks as if it’s some type of snake plant, or maybe silly-string growing out of the ground. This plant is real and you can find it in Eastern and Southern Africa.

If you’ve ever wanted a plant that looks somewhat like it has antlers, grab a Platycerium. This plant, which is often called the “Staghorn Fern”, can even grow on the side of things, such as trees or walls.

Gentiana Urnula
These beautifully-patterned succulents are known as “Starfish Succulents” and are at home in the rocks. These are also a perfect option for those seeking low-maintenance plants.

Sedum Morganianum
These crazy looking plant is often called “Donkey Tail” and its stems regularly grow up to two feet in length. Its leaves are normally a bluish-green and it is native to Mexico and Honduras.

Haworthia Cooperi
This plant looks like some type of glass flower or maybe even some type of gelatin, but these clumps you see here are actually green leaves that simply look as though they’re something else.

h/t Woman's Day

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