Uncertainty sucks. Waiting for an outcome can bring fear, anxiety, expectation, worry, hope. Maybe the answer is coming in a phone call in a few minutes. Maybe you won’t know for years. Either way, you have a pit in your stomach. It isn’t easy.
But modern research shows that opening up to uncertainty has tangible benefits to our everyday happiness and well-being. My very talented and remarkable friend Elena Day posted this funny, enlightening video on Facebook. It is a talk by researcher Brene Brown who studies human connection and our ability to empathize, belong, and love. The key, Brown says, is living whole-heartedly. I thought about my kids and myself while I watched it. I hope you like it too.