When we’re disappointed, we often get mad at ourselves or angry at others.
This hurts us emotionally and actually physically weakens our immune system which is why when we’ve experience a great letdown we get often then get sick.
Here are some ways of dealing with disappointment in a positive way that is kinder to ourselves and others:
- Remember that no one gets what they want all the time. It’s like a batting average. If you bat .300 you’re still going to out 70% of the time. Adjust expectations to fit reality.
- Replace anger with gratitude. Gratitude is like aspirin. It cures many things. Taking out anger on others often forces them to rebel.
- When you disappoint, a simple heartfelt apology is very effective. When you’ve disappointed yourself, forgive yourself and move on.
- Beware of denial. When we deny our disappointment, it will get worse and those around us will keep their distance.
- Disappointment is temporary. It can have a positive effect by making us appreciate 100 times over when things meet our expectations.
Alexander Pope said, “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
Keep expectations low but keep motivation high.