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Emotions are Contagious

Anupam has been in teaching for ten years, giving life training along with language training. She believes in the collective consciousness.


Reflection of Emotions

What you feel, that you forget

When you find the world around you different;

Your feelings are mostly a reflection

Of the practically observed emotion;

A hurt man thinks no more of his pain

When he finds someone cheerfully singing in the rain;

The tears roll down impulsively

Having a glance at someone crying bitterly;

However calm and contented you are

You lose the patience for a loser;

While you feel like a winner after losing,

Watching the strong strugglers smiling.


Personal Experiences

My classroom has taught me a lot. I could read and comprehend the emotions better after witnessing the various emotions of my children in my classroom for more than a decade.

At various occasions, I could find the class so quiet as if even pin drop could be heard while at times it used to be so noisy that it was too difficult to handle. I tried to study every situation deeply and observed that the students' behaviour was dependent on the last class that they had. If they had a funny class or teacher they seem to be in that mode, if they had a strict teacher they behaved rudely and if they had some good activity in the last class they retained their energy.

Even the silence had different meanings. Sometimes that showed their boredom, sometimes their tiredness, sometimes negligence and some times it showed their silent disapproval. There I started with a trick. However worried or tired I would be, I tried to wear a gentle smile on my face and start with something thrilling to grab the attention. To make it more personal I used to devise some funny encounter with some child or colleague and share it with them with a gentle smile and genuine laughter. The students too used to start doing the same and I could get the attention of my children.

In my initial stages of teaching, I used to scold a child in public getting a little bit frustrated with the child's nuisance (not listening, doing something else than the task assigned, disturbing others, playing with paper,etc). Surprisingly, that never worked for that child but made the whole class get more serious and negligent.

One fine morning I was walking in a park where I found a few people laughing in a group. Looking at their laughter, I too felt some sort of tickle and laughed continuously for a long time. I practiced this thing in my classroom. As soon as I entered the class, I burst into laughter and having a look at me all the students did the same. After this laughter of a few minutes, I narrated the story of "Gift of Magi'" by O Henry. Soon that laughter faded and the class became profoundly serious.

Contagious Emotions

Beaming with laughter the child sways

Spreading cheerful glee on his ways,

He knows not what's wrong or right

But keeps on learning day and night,

As he grows, he delves deep into life,

Observing the gloomy and gleeful strife.

The life gifts a man several emotions

Based on the wanted or wanted situations,

These human emotions are contagious

Which attack the visitor conscious or unconscious.

© 2020 Anupam Mitu


Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on September 29, 2020:

Thank you so much Prithviraj Shirole. I am really glad that you loved it.

John, it's always so nice to read your comment which really shows how you respect your fellow readers and writers. Lots of love and blessings.

Chandrashekhar Raut, thank you so much for your love and affection. It's my pleasure that you loved it.

So true you are Kalpana, pessimists drain your energy and the positive people fill your vacant space. I used to be a pessimist in the past but today I am a pragmatic fellow. I have learned a lot from my life and the people around me. Today I am contented with whatever I have and try my best to spread as much positivity I can with my efforts and teachings.

Thank you so much dear Ankita. Lots of love and blessings dear.

Eric, this I had written long back.I mean that time when I started to write on hubpages and was overwhelmed by the comments of such good writers here. That time I took a few topics and wrote a few lines so that I could post it here. There are almost 50 topics that I had started with. But now when I saw them most of them looked absurd as I couldn't remember what I had thought for those topics. And here I realised that it doesn't make any sense to start with so many things altogether. I need to finish 1 topic then and there. I get so many ideas when I read something, I watch something or while I am walking. Now I jot down the thing at the same time when it pops up in my mind.

Thank you so much Flourish. Lots of love and blessings dear.

Chitrangada, you are so right. we do need to avoid the pessiminst. I am learning psychology and wish to help as many pessimists as I can with my personal experiences as I myself used to be a pessimist.

Lots of love and blessings dear.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 29, 2020:

Excellent poem and well expressed.

It makes sense, when you say that emotions are contagious. That’s why, it’s always advised to be surrounded with positive thinking people.

Thank you for sharing this.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 29, 2020:

I enjoyed the poem and accompanying explanation.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 29, 2020:

This is really good. I like how you treated this great subject.

Ankita B on September 29, 2020:

Wonderful poems. Yes, emotions are contagious. Thank you for sharing two beautiful poems with a great theme.

Kalpana Iyer from India on September 29, 2020:

Yes, emotions are contagious. When you want to surround yourself with positive people, it is for this very reason. You want that positive energy in your life. Pessimists can bring you down and suck out your energy with their constant negative comments. I always feel you can say anything with two energies - good or bad. Depending on the energy you use, you will be reciprocated with the same.

Chandrasekhar Rajendra Raut from Nagpur on September 29, 2020:

Very nicely picked up the fleeting emotions in precise words. Well done.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 29, 2020:

It is wonderful to share cheerful emotions, Anupam. They are contagious as you successfully found with your class. Thank you for sharing.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on September 29, 2020:

Lovely poem on Emotions. It was a charming read. Thanks for sharing.

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