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Have you ever wondered why you feel happy, sad or angry? I'm here to explain these phenomenons with a bit of science and fun. Before we begin, you'll need a basic knowledge of something, namely diffusion. Let me explain this a bit.

If you've ever had a tea party, you'll know the conversation scenario goes something like this:
Host: "Good day, Sir/Ma'am. Would you like some tea?"
Guest: "Yes, please."
Host: "And how many lumps of sugar would you like?"
Guest: "Seven, please."
Please do NOT go pouring seven lumps of sugar into your tea. This is merely an example.
Anyway, the point is, the guest goes pouring their sugar into their cup of tea. The sugar cube, as you may realize, has a large amount of particles in a relatively confined space, or high concentration. The tea, however, does not have sugar in it, so there is a low concentration of sugar particles in the tea. Therefore, the sugar's particles will spread out from their high concentration into the low concentration in diffusion or what we call dissolving. The molecules don't shrink or change; they just spread out.
So today we'll use this to learn about the properties of certain specialized molecules rarely heard about: the Feelings Molecules. There are a few main types of those molecules:
Happiness molecules: Happiness molecules can be gained in a variety of ways (fun time with friends, etc.), but the point is that happiness diffuses! If one is very happy, they want to spread the happiness to others. However, the molecules in this case do not need to spread out on contact, and can travel in many complicated ways. Unlike regular molecules, Happiness molecules can travel through people's Thought passages, and actually try to do so. You may think that "Hey, then how come you don't get less happy if your molecules diffuse to other people?". Well, this is because after a certain point, a balance of happiness molecules is reached between the both of you, and then they start passing back and forth between you both, so you do not keep losing them.
Anger molecules: Anger tries to diffuse very fast. If you're angry, you may feel like hitting or punching something and diffusing the anger you feel. This is especially why you shouldn't stand near someone while you're angry. :)
Fright molecules: More fright molecules means more fear. Fear, however, does NOT diffuse throughout others, and just stays confined to your body. The only way to get rid of fright molecules is to overpower them with some one of the other types mentioned. Now, really, the "overpowering" is just diffusion of other molecules into the area of the fright molecules. Complicated, right?
Tension molecules: These molecules are from anxiety, nervousness, etc. For example, an oral report will most probably increase your tension because the number of tension molecules increases. Tension molecules usually do diffuse. You can spread anxiety to others and make them nervous, but you may feel better if their happiness molecules pass to you!
These are the main properties of the four Feelings molecules. You may wonder about molecules like sadness molecules as well, but they really don't exist. Sadness is caused by a lack of happiness molecules from the regular healthy amount. A regular decline of the happiness molecules can lead to depression, so that's why they should always be kept up.
I hope you enjoyed reading! Here's your "professor," signing out!

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