HOW FACEBOOK EMOJIS ARE CREATING MISERY.

I’ve seen people write wonderful posts that get lots of ‘likes’ and other positive emojis like the smiley face or the heart. Great. All is well and ticking along nicely. Suddenly, someone puts an angry face emoji and the person who wrote the original post goes into a frenzy of turmoil wondering what they could have possibly done to deserve this miserable fate. Immediately, they write a comment directed at the poor person who responded …with the angry emoji. The most common question asked is ‘Why are you angry? This is typical human nature, isn’t it? We don’t remember the 100 positive responses….but we’ll make ourselves miserable by 1 less than ideal response. We let ourselves forget how often people have praised us for our strengths and become miserable thinking about one piece of criticism we may have received. Firstly, quite often, the people who’ve posted the angry emoji have no clue they have done that. They meant to respond with the laughing emoji and accidentally clicked the wrong one. They’ve gone off to a blissful day while you are agonising over what you may have done wrong. Secondly, they’re fully entitled to be annoyed by something you said. Since they haven’t bothered to elaborate, you needn’t waste a single moment worrying about it. Lastly, you could be the nicest person on earth and despite your best efforts, there will always be some who won’t like you. And that’s okay. In fact, it’s more than okay. Time is finite….Once we recognise that we don’t always need to know why people do what they do, you’ll be amazed at how much time frees up and how much more productive we can all be. Nim Gholkar, 2018 www.nimgholkar.com #SuccessCoach #UnlockTheRealYou


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