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How Positive Emotions Can Actually Work Against You | GOF74

How Positive Emotions Can Actually Work Against You | GOF74

Warning! Positive emotions can be harmful to your judgment. Thoughtful people be advised. Do you think that is true? If you saw a disclaimer like this, would you automatically reject this warning or would you seek to learn more? Positive emotions, feeling good almost seems like a civil right these days. But there is more to life than just feeling right all the time. So is there a dark side to positive emotions? There is, particularly when those “feelings” can lead to poor decisions.

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How Positive Emotions Can Actually Work Against You

by Dr. Jonathan G. Smith | Season 2

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To better understand why this issue matters, positive emotions can be false signals causing us to make abysmal decisions.

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Theology On The Street – Towards a Positive Theology

If there such a thing as Positive Theology? Does the narrative of the Bible start with a positive or a negative? Depending on your theological system, you may never be able to break free from despair. In John 10:10, Jesus makes it clear that His mission was to promote an abundant life. Sadly, many Christians never embrace this abundant life. The reason, I believe, is the starting place of their theology.

Feature Presentation – How Positive Emotions Can Work Against You

Most people desire to feel good, be healthy, and enjoy life. In fact, advertisers will play to these basic innate desires to promote all kinds of products and services. Unfortunately, there is a problem with positive emotions. They can lead you down a wrong path. Sometimes we make emotional decisions based on the feeling in the moment. We mistake the feelings and the circumstances. As a result, we make decisions that end up being harmful in the long run. So how do we know if we can trust the emotions?

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About The Author

Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.


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