Recognizing and then expressing feelings is key to a balanced life.
Here are some guidelines:
- Expressing feelings begins with an “I statement” --keeping the focus on me.
- Formula: “I feel ____ (adjective follows: happy, sad, embarrassed, elated, etc.) about...”
- Feelings are neither right nor wrong, good nor bad, they just are.
- Saying, “I feel THAT...,” is probably not expressing a feeling.
- If I can substitute “I think” for “I feel,” then I am expressing a thought.