Bitterness is a Corrosive Emotion

Jennifer Bonn
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Bitterness is one of those emotions that does more harm than good. It makes us feel worse the more we express it and it doesn’t solve anything.

We usually feel bitter when we have been mistreated, or underappreciated. Let’s look at a few situations when bitterness can take over.

What if your salary is lower than a co-worker doing the equivalent of what you are doing even though it might be titled something else? Things can become worse if you feel you do everything to the best of your ability, but the co-worker earning more is doing the bare minimum. You always have a choice on how to react. You can focus on doing your job to the best of your ability, and not speak up about your co-worker, or you can speak to your boss about the possibility of a raise. What you don’t want to do is become bitter about the situation while talking about the co-worker behind her back.

Do you have a friendship that feels as if you put in all the effort, and your friend only notices you when she needs something from you? Do you have a relationship that you have stayed in too long, or where you feel you were manipulated? Walking away from relationships can be difficult, but you deserve to be surrounded by people who want to be with you and with whom you feel comfortable. The chances of improving a toxic relationship are not good.

Conflict and negative emotions can affect our health. Let go of the bitterness, leave it in the past, and move forward toward happiness.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA

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