We humans are capable of a wide range of emotions, so many that sometimes we have trouble recognizing them. It is however, a very important part of the sometimes complicated process of channeling and expressing them in a healthy manner. A good way to start is to recognize the stronger ones: anger, sadness, fear, joy, love. The other emotions are nuances, degrees of the basic ones. That way, frustration is a mode of anger, while panic is a severe form of fear, friendship is a shade of love and happiness is another word for joy. To recognize exactly how you feel and being able to express it accurately is the best way to channel emotions in a healthy manner. While you pay attention to your emotions and start differentiating them, remember these five basic ones and be ready to express them in a way that is satisfactory to you but doesn’t hurt others.