I have checked out the article “Emotions, Feelings, and Decisions – Understanding the Mystery”, which shared about the distinction between emotions and feelings – that “emotions are the physical reactions we have to certain stimuli”, whereas feelings “are the thoughts we have in our mind after those emotions occur, a reaction to the signals sent by the body.” I agree emotions and feelings are “crucially important to human functioning”, as I am coming to realise that these are natural part of being human, which serves the purpose of “constructing the self, making decisions, culture, and morality”, as the article put it.
Being in touch with our feelings does help us to make better decisions as we are listening to our heart and our body in order to know how to take care of our health, for example, and how to relate to others better through empathy or sympathy, as noted by the article. So instead of following the societal or religious ways of suppressing emotions, I am learning to acknowledge and practise awareness of my emotions and listen to my feelings, allowing them to have expression that can guide me in making better decisions in life, as well as enabling me to relate better to others who may be going through similar experiences as me.
- Why do we enjoy listening to sad music? (eurekalert.org)