“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
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Research has shown that angry outbursts have a damaging effect on the heart, and increases the risk of a heart attack twofold.
This seems to be the case with expressed as well as repressed anger, when we try to hold it in.
Other harmful aspects of anger include the risk of stroke, and a weakening of the immune system, diminishing the body’s ability to protect itself and heal.
Consider any or all of the following strategies to reduce or perhaps even prevent anger’s harmful effects.
- Breathing Exercises
- Muscle Tensing Exercises
- Doing #1 and #2 Together!
- Exercise and Physical Activity
- Time in quiet, natural surroundings
“Speak when you are angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.”
—Ambrose Bierce, 18th Century American Writer and Civil War Soldier
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When was the last time you lost your temper and really let someone have it? Perhaps you even rehearsed your speech and shared your seemingly justified attack articulately with equally practiced volume and gestures.
What happened after the initial “feel better” burst of adrenaline and getting things off your chest?
If you are like many, you may have experienced considerable fallout, and repercussions much like the aftershocks of an earthquake.
Where would counting to ten or a hundred, or simply holding your tongue more frequently, dramatically reduce the number of regretful interactions you experience?
“Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.”
—B.C. Forbes, 20th Century Scottish-born American financial journalist
Have you ever been duped, cheated, taken advantage of, or just lied to about an important matter?
If you’re like many, it can be the cause of anger, frustration, and sometimes even embarrassment.
What is the cost of being too trusting?
What is the benefit of assuming positive intentions by those around us?
Unfortunately, many people become increasingly suspicious and take a “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” perspective, building an “I’m No Fool” wall around themselves.
Where and with whom would an Assume Positive Intention (API) perspective make the biggest difference in your personal or professional world?