health MATTERS: Anger can literally break your heart

Sometimes it can be difficult not to get angry.  But anger can hurt you more than who or what you direct your anger towards.  If your anger is left unchecked it can wreak serious havoc on your health and well-being.???????????????????????????????You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger – Buddha

Decades of research has shown that angrier people ted to have more heart problems than calmer ones.  Explosive anger – those moments in which you may lose control and throw something or scream – can have especially negative effects.  You’re more than twice as likely to have a heart attack during the two hours after a big blowup, according to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology. That’s because changes in a ticked-off person’s heart rate can lead to high blood pressure and clots.  Other research has connected sky-high rates of ire with an increased risk of stroke.  But suppressing your anger is bad for you too.  In fact, bottling it up can spike your blood pressure levels even more than letting go.

One study from a group of researchers at Harvard University found that study subjects who got angry regularly were 43% more likely to have gum disease than a calmer ones. Other studies have shown that those who have high levels of anger are at a greater risk of breathing problems and chronic pain.  Part of the head-to-toe health damage could be due to the widespread inflammation that results from the frequent flood of stress hormones (like epinephrine) which are also involved in the anger response.

Sometimes anger is just a momentary reaction to a passing situation. But other times, it’s a signal that there’s a threat to something you care about deeply.  So when anger strikes, don’t fight it – ponder it.  Use it to help you identify what’s being threatened.

Have you tried crying instead?
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Source: The Good Life – Inner Life

 

Quotes – the GOOD LIFE

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued – Socratesgood life

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge – Bertrand Russell

The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values – Norman Thomas

Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about – Rollo May

If you want to have a good life, you should focus on your family, on your business, on your dog, on your fun, and you’ll have a good life – Adam Carolla

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile — Unknown

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – ― Marilyn Monroe

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – ― Mae West

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”- ― Oscar Wilde

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – ― Dr. Seuss

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
― Mother Teresa