David Hanscom MD
Emotions reflect your body’s physiology; you must be aware of them to change.
Reviewed by Davia Sills
Thriving is not as instinctual and must be cultivated and nurtured. If you are trying to use pleasant experiences, power, and material possessions to compensate for unpleasant survival emotions, it can’t and doesn’t work. You cannot outrun your mind. The key to thriving is developing a “working relationship” with anxiety and anger, and then you are able to create the life you want. Just solving problems doesn’t yield a good life. You must live a good life to have a good life.
Additionally, having awareness is critical to dealing with life. You can’t solve problems in any domain without understanding details from both your perspective and also that of other involved parties. If you are projecting your views onto a given situation, you are not going to come up with consistently viable solutions. For example, you may have repeated troubles with relationships at home and work and can’t figure out why.