“When we lose our tolerance for vulnerability joy becomes foreboding.” – Dr. Bréne Brown

In extreme moments of joy, do you ever find yourself bracing for tragedy in case your happiness suddenly gets taken away from you?

For example, when you realize for the first time how much you’ve fallen in love with someone, or as you watch your child sleep and your heart fills up with more love than you ever thought were possible – does a niggling fear or doubt creep up on you, putting a damper on your happy moment?

In this 6-minute video, vulnerability expert Dr. Bréne Brown explores the human psyche and looks at why we find joy so frightening, and how by expressing gratitude, we can overcome this fear.

Do you agree that many of us are afraid to experience pure joy? Share your reactions to the video below.