Walking a spiritual path is as much about understanding our emotions as it is about anything else. In this lively 17-minute TED talk, a psychologist does a great job of explaining the how and the why of emotional first aid. For me prayer, meditation, ritual and other spiritual pursuits jump-start my mind and provide the kind of first aid he is talking about. Your mileage may vary, but watch this. He has a good perspective on the human beast.