The powerful role of “E” EMOTIONS in our lives.

17 July 2024, Wednesday

f I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”       Sir Isaac Newton”


 From our ‘ONE MINUTE ‘ Rugby World Cup heroes to our upcoming ’30 year elections, ‘E’ POWER is everywhere to be witnessed and leveraged.

It’s the knowledge of these E-EMOTIONS which allows us to fully leverage them in order to live our own lives better and better.

 “Human emotion is the ultimate resource – the ultimate force‘: Anthony Robbins

If you are seeking to fully empower your emotional self in 2024, here’s how.

Ultimately it’s a game of life where one needs to avoid the negative ones and attract the positives ones into one’s life.

Here they are the ‘BIG FIVE’ positive emotions via a helicopter view:

  • Gratitude, Unconditional Love, Acceptance. Forgiveness and Joy.

 #1:       GRATITUDE.

Gratitude is a human emotion with the immense ability to create health & happiness.

’Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.

 It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a

vision for tomorrow.’        Melody Beattie

Here are three steps to practice gratitude and feel more grateful, and appreciative of the good things in your life:

  1. Notice good things, look for them, and appreciate them.
  2. Savour, absorb, and really pay attention to those good things.
  3. Express your gratitude to yourself, write it down, or thank someone.

If often evident with post-match interviews by our sporting stars. There interviews always reflect on gratitude for just being part of some sporting great event.


“Love yourself and good things will be attracted into your life” Dr Bernie Siegel

To prove the power which lies in these first two ‘ Big Five ‘emotions – gratitude and unconditional love – we only have turn to our very own selected experts – our dogs.

Dogs are indeed man’s best friend as they teach us so much power in the emotional realm. Things that we as humans sometimes just take for granted. South Africans are known to love their dogs for a reason. Appreciate what they can teach us. As Jimmy Soul could have sung it a little differently:

If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life – get a dog.”


#3              ACCEPTANCE


Acceptance is a powerful positive emotion when things seem to not being going your way – which happens in the game of life.

Maybe it’s not being selected for that Rugby World Cup Final starting 15, when you have come all the way with the team in preliminary games. In times like this acceptance plays a powerful role in keeping the player on track for the greater team – and indeed themselves.

Acceptance involves acknowledging the “unvarnished facts” of ourselves and our situation – the good and the not so good, without judging ourselves. Rather than this causing us to be stuck with things as they are, acceptance is the foundation for growth and change.

It helps us grow.

“Acceptance Is the First Step toward Peace” – Tiny Buddha


#4           FORGIVENESS

“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that what would have, could have, should have happened; in fact…it did not happen. It’s accepting the reality of what did happen, and moving on”: Oprah


Forgiveness therefore frees you up, giving you back the power.

It’s powerfully leveraged by the great champions of life.

Leverage it.


#5              JOY

Joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. It is what we all seek and potent positive emotion to leverage.

Some days, between the stresses of everyday life and the onslaught of negative news that surrounds us, it’s just not that easy to turn your frown upside down.

It sounds so simple: As Frank Sinatra sung,

When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you

Just smile. Happiness starts with a smile

Smiling is a raw positive emotion and so good to see.

Leverage it daily.


There they are – the “Big Five which can be leveraged to put you – and keep you firmly on the path to happiness and health – bolstering the power within YOU in order to live a prosperous and peaceful life.

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” Walter Hagen

Now you know…………………..



While your focus must firmly be on leveraging the BIG FIVE positive emotions, you also need to know that our balanced universe will throw at us dangerous negative emotions – they exist as the BIG FIVE negative set of emotions.

They are all highly toxic in the human realm.

Beware as they can go as far as taking human lives.

It’s vital to steer well clear of these 5 negatives named below – as they will seriously impact on your health and wealth,




#1:    RESENTMENT which leads one to cancer

#2     HATE which can leads one to heart attack

#3     CRITICISM which leads one to many of the arthritic dis-eases

#4     GUILT which leads one to motor neuron dis-ease and

#5     FUTILTY (Self Pity) which leads one to addiction and depression.


None of these will help you on your path to health or happiness, BUT the good news is that the Big Five POSITIVE emotions are far more powerful and will put you on your own path to health and happiness – that is if you keep your primary focus on them.


Whatever field you may practice in the realms of lif, make sure to leverage off positive “e” EMOTIONL motions.

They inspire.

Keep Smiling.

Rob Opie is a Performance Coach to teams and individuals, Speaker and six times Author.

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