Whereas putting emotions in their proper place is easily stated, it is a vexing practice. Like unbidden thoughts, feelings and emotions are to be noted and then discarded in favor of creating a positive outcome for yourself.
As emotions feed upon themselves, quickly flush emotions by focusing back on the flow of the immediate moment. Negative and desirous emotions are valueless and should not reflexively be acted out.
The value to awareness of emotions is to their relevance to what is happening at the present time. An emotion may productively act as a signal: to pay closer attention to that aspect of the action which is emotionally provocative.
Desire is emotionally evocative. Tamping desires should lessen the emotions associated with them. Forego stimulating emotions.
Assign your mind to consider your patterns of emotive stimulation: what presses your buttons. While negativity always arises from frustration (feeling that the world is out of control), sussing the source of emotive streams can be instrumental to removing attitudinal blockages.
Conventional psychologists consider emotional repression a bad thing. These mind gamers mistakenly view emotions as valuable rather than obstructive.
The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions. ~ Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama
Then there is mood-making: covering over negative emotions with forced positive sentiment. This is a foolish waste of mental energy. Better to view negativity of every sort as a missed opportunity for a constructive approach.
Signaling device aside, emotions are worthless. Like every entry in mental ledger, emotions have only the value they are assigned by identification or condemnation. Without assignation, emotions have no meaning.
Positive emotions take care of themselves. Love, which is rightly nothing more than admiration, is its own reward.