-- Truth Be Told Quotes
Everybody feels bad sometimes. In fact sometimes, you’re
supposed to feel bad.
Like when you bumped into that guy and he spilled Starbucks all over his mom? That bad feeling was empathy—and it means you’re compassionate.
Or that time you did that totally embarrassing thing we swore never to mention? That bad feeling was appropriate shame, and it’ll keep you from running around howling narwhal mating calls so you can “feel like a unicorn of the sea.” (Again.)
And that time you felt terrible about lying? That was your conscience and it’ll help you remember to be a person you can be proud of.
Now sometimes, we feel bad about things we don’t really need to feel bad about. If you’re beating yourself up for something that wasn’t wrong or harmful, you may be ok just letting that go. And if you can’t stop feeling bad even though you try, it’s ok to ask for help.
This quote about sadness shows teens that it’s ok to feel sad sometimes. The quote reminds them that there are lots of reasons people feel sad or "feel bad" about having done something, and most are normal moments that rise up and fade away. Feeling a mix of happiness and sadness is a normal part of life and serves a healthy purpose.
This quote on sadness, happiness, and overall emotional aspects of life is a good launching point to help kids understand their own emotions and to encourage them to know the difference between normal sadness and depression.
Questions to prompt discussion, journaling, essays for high school health class and social emotional development lessons:
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