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Friday, January 21, 2011

How to Get the Most Out of Getting Mad

Anger Management (Widescreen Edition)Anger has gotten a bad rap! Processed properly, it can actually benefit you by motivating positive change.

Step 1: Don't suppress it
Don’t suppress your anger. Numerous studies have linked keeping anger bottled up with the development of health problems. This is especially true in marriage — one study found that couples who stew in silence instead of having air-clearing fights nearly double their chances of early death.

Step 2: Channel your anger into action
Channel your anger into action. The remark or behavior that sets you off is often indicative of an underlying problem, like low self-esteem or a dissatisfying relationship. Address the bigger issue, and the petty annoyances will take care of themselves.

Step 3: React strategically
React strategically. Blowing up at someone isn’t likely to rectify the situation, and will probably make things worse. Instead, take time to figure out a fair resolution, and then speak your mind calmly.
Force yourself to react more slowly and quietly than usual; angry people have a tendency to speak louder and faster.

Step 4: Become an activist
If it’s social injustices that have your blood boiling, channel that rage into action: join a political protest, donate your time to a charity, or organize your own philanthropic effort.

Step 5: Work out your anger by working out
Take your anger-induced adrenaline and go for a run or hit the gym; you’ll blow off steam and improve your health. Now that’s how you get the most out of getting mad.

Credit: Howcast

Related Tools / Resources:
The Anger Trap: Free Yourself from the Frustrations that Sabotage Your Life
The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships
Beyond Anger: A Guide for Men: How to Free Yourself from the Grip of Anger and Get More Out of Life
The Anger Workbook: A 13-Step Interactive Plan to Help You... (Minirth-Meier Clinic Series)
Anger Management (Widescreen Edition)


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