Why Feeling More Makes You Feel Better

By Shelley Levitt
May 10, 2022

From bees to bullfrogs, baboons to bacteria, from redwood trees to coral reefs—every form of life plays a part in keeping the natural world healthy and in balance. Biodiversity, we’ve long known, is good for the planet.

And what’s beneficial for the natural world turns out to be beneficial for us, too. Emodiversity, short for emotional diversity, is the name researchers have given to the ability to experience a wide range of emotions. And, studies show, we flourish when we embrace a full kaleidoscope of feelings, from anxiety and sadness to joy and gratitude.

“The variety and abundance of emotions that you experience is correlated with both better mental health and better physical health,” says Carla Marie Manly, Ph.D., a psychologist in Sonoma County, California, and author of Joy from Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend.