Extended version of The Joy Scale
Each marker and group of emotions also contain an emoticon. I have included this emoticon on top of the corresponding group of emotions to help you visualize your feelings. This is just another way to help you identify where, emotionally, you are on the scale.
Emotions in the 60 to 100 range are positive and empowering emotions. The greater the number, the more empowering the emotion is. Emotions from 40 to zero are negative emotions. The smaller the number, the less desirable the emotion is. Even though I don't categorize emotions from the marker 50 as positive or negative, they're still not very desirable emotions to remain in for long periods of time. Remember, anything over 60 is a passing grade.
As I’ve been saying in previous articles, there are no good or bad emotions. The reason I call them negative emotions is because of the unpleasant feeling we get in our bodies when we experience them. But in reality, they’re all needed for this human experience.
How to benefit from The Joy Scale
How to use The Joy Scale
For the sake of these instructions, let’s say that your mood has not been very pleasant. You feel worried most of the time and don't even remember how and when it started.
Since you feel worried you are in the emotional state of 30 on the scale. But in that state there are other emotions and there is a high possibility that you also feel them. The other emotions in the group that you might be experiencing as well are: insecurity, doubt, anxiety, and might even blame you or others for your situation.
Although you might feel one emotion more strongly than the others, it is very possible that they’re all being drawn in to be experienced and eventually displayed on to others. Do you want that? Do you want to be on that state? Do you want to feel that way? I’m pretty sure you don’t.
In that case, all you need to do is make a decision and do something to get you feeling better. Yes, it’s that simple. Get distracted and focus you attention on something else.
By being aware of how you feel and by making conscious decisions, everything in your life can change. Just make sure you choose the direction that feels better.
Remember this: the first step in improving your life is to be aware of your current emotional state -where you are now.
I also want you to notice that any little movement to the right on the scale is good. As contradictory as this may sound, feeling frustrated is progress from feeling worried. Because feeling frustrated is a score of 40 on the scale compared to a 30 from feeling worried.
Now, look at The Joy Scale and find where your mood is on it. Doing this exercise is the beginning of taking care of yourself, the beginning of loving yourself, and the beginning of having a better life.
In The Joy Scale Part 3 article, we’ll be doing an exercise where we’ll be using emotions instead of your mood. Since emotions vary depending on events happening in the different areas of your life, we’ll be using more than one scale.
Now that you found your mood on the scale, how do you feel knowing where your mood is now in relation to where you want it to be?