How to bounce back when you receive bad news

The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realisation of the world in which we live. Bertrand Russell

It’s difficult not to let bad news affect you in a negative way. When we receive bad news our initial emotions may be anger, frustration, distress or sadness. This is where it’s important to note that being happy is a state of wellbeing, it’s not necessarily about laughing – so laughing when you receive bad news may not be desireable.

The key to maintaining your state of happiness when you receive bad news is to choose your perception carefully. Don’t let emotions take over, stay calm and rational, and ensure your next actions are positive and productive.

A good start would be to simply accept the situation – what has happened, has happened: you can’t change the past. Now you need to follow up with a positive action. For example, if someone has died, perhaps you may turn to religion or even Mediumship to find some solace in the situation and possibly even some answers. Or, you may do something that person liked doing (or that you liked doing with them when they were around) as a way of remembering them and to feel closer to them.

Despite the option of choosing happiness when you receive bad news, some people still go out of their way to avoid bad news. For example, switching the television off when the news starts. By putting your head in the sand you’re not building any resistance to when you do receive bad news and may even hinder your own development and knowledge. In fact, avoiding negativity to excess, could put you at risk of a less than desirable reaction when something negative does happen. So take a deep breath and the next step! No one said it better than Winston Churchill: “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

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