Anger is also good for health. Really?

@bussyien (135)
Indonesia
February 5, 2011 10:15am CST
Many people choose to hold back his emotions when going through something bad because they fear of being called grumpy. On the other hand, expressing anger is much better for health than internalize it. Yes, expressing anger can increase blood flow to parts of the brain involved with feeling happy. But we also have to be careful, because anger can also have negative impact on the body, namely blood pressure increase. So, Which is better?
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@peavey (16911)
• United States
5 Feb 11
One can be angry and yet not respond negatively. It's impossible to go through life without ever becoming angry, but the way we express that anger is the key. We do not have to respond to the thing that made us angry, but we can work it off. Go for a run, clean house vigorously, play a physical game. Those things give us the same increase of blood flow to our brains and any exercise has been shown to make us feel better. A temporary rise in blood pressure is not dangerous for the average person. If you have heart disease or already have uncontrolled high blood pressure, then you may need to watch your activity. The human body creates high blood pressure during activity for a reason and that's to keep the blood flowing at a high rate to where it's needed.
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@bussyien (135)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 11
More correct to say that the anger must be channeled toward something more positive. Yes, I agree. If we are people with chronic illness that will worsen if the anger excessive, it will be much better to -whenever possible- avoid things that can make blood pressure rise, exacerbating the illness, and lead us away from healthy.
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• United States
5 Feb 11
You have said a lot of the things that I was going to say, Peavey. Increased blood pressure is not in and of itself unhealthy as our blood pressure increases when we do physical activities and are exposed to certain stimuli, such as something that scares us, and these things are normal and natural. When the blood pressure is increased for a prolonged period of time, especially when it is very high, that is where the problem occurs, but that is different from just the mere increase of a person's blood pressure. As you said, exercise is necessary for almost everybody, and it can be a very healthy outlet for channeling anger.
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@topffer (38991)
• France
5 Feb 11
I forgive quickly when somebody walks on my tail an without a word. However, if the same person walks too many times on my tail, I can have a spontaneous explosion of anger : it does not last long but I feel a lot better after . A friend said me long ago that I was like a pressure cooker : I am releasing steam once or twice a year, and I think that it is better for my health than to let accumulate things inwardly. But I am waiting for your response bussyien, because you are as neutral as a Wikipedia article in your discussion : do you think that myLotters are rats for psychological studies ?
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• United States
5 Feb 11
LOL @ "when somebody walks on my tail" I love your description, Top! I can also have "spontaneous explosions of anger", and they do not last long nor do I generally stay angry or "hold a grudge". I think that the "spontaneous release" is a much healthier way to express anger not only physically but also psychologically, because it often seems that when people are slow to show anger (they may feel it but do not let it show outwardly), they are also slow to let the anger go and they hold on to a grudge. That is not healthy at all.
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@topffer (38991)
• France
6 Feb 11
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• United States
6 Feb 11
LOL! I will keep that in mind while we are reducing our anger and stress levels! Actually, since so many people on here associate anger (and more precisely the expression of that anger) with high blood pressure, I did some reading about the correlation. The only thing that I could find was that the suppression of anger is thought to be a contributing factor in high blood pressure. Everything that I read suggested that exercise and finding a physical outlet for stress and tension, which lead to anger, is the best way to help avoid high blood pressure. Of course, it doesn't guarantee that the person will not get high blood pressure, but it does reduce the risk of it ... or so they say.
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• United States
5 Feb 11
Actually, shouting or screaming is not necessarily a negative outlet for anger, and it can help the person feel better. The thing about shouting or screaming is that it should not be directed at anybody. If it is done in a controlled way, such as yelling out the lyrics of your favorite song or merely growling or letting out a loud scream into the universe, then it can help to release some of the anger and tension without hurting anybody. The main thing about yelling or screaming is that many people do it at people while they are normally saying negative things, and that is when it is harmful.
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@topffer (38991)
• France
5 Feb 11
I want to see a video of you on Youtube yelling your favorite song.
• United States
5 Feb 11
And here I thought that you would rather that I take out my anger in a more physical and constructive way ...
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@topffer (38991)
• France
6 Feb 11
I would enjoy to accept your honest proposal .
@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Feb 11
hi bussyien Holding back anger is very harmful to your body so talking it over and expressing why you are angry so you can clear the air but no screaming, yelling cursing as that will all cause super high blood pressure which can lead to strokes. so do not just sit on it discuss the thing that has you all hot and bothered.[/em]
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@bussyien (135)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 11
It was true. However, sometimes there are many things that make us angry but we can not discuss to another one about the source of the problems. The only thing we can do is to internalize it. But of course it was not good for mental health. We need to know about how to express our anger to positive energy, may be with write it on diary.
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@khalida (1130)
• India
5 Feb 11
That was a nice suggestion bussy. Instead of a diary, cause diary has the negative writing left on it. One can simply use a pen and paper to write down all the negative stuff which angered them and later Tare it to pieces. This helps a lot as one has to have an outlet right!?
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• United States
5 Feb 11
I think writing it down does work for many people as it lets them express their anger without harming or hurting anyone. I also really like the idea of writing it on a piece of paper rather than a diary that you keep, because that allows you to destroy the negativity in a real and physical way once you have expressed it rather than hanging on to it, which can help to "let go" of not only the anger but also the resentment that can sometimes accompany extreme anger - it is kind-of like a physical way to express the "forgive and forget" idea.
@NoWayRo (1062)
• Romania
5 Feb 11
Hi bussyien, and welcome to myLot. Of course, the best solution is not to get angry at all in the first place, if possible. Then I guess it depends for each of us, and how capable we are of understanding our health problems and presenting them to our doctors. For instance, one could take medication to lower blood pressure, once aware that this problem is caused by anger. And then, there are those - few - who are able to turn anger into inspiration and creativity. For those, I'd say that getting angry every now and then is not a bad idea at all
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@bussyien (135)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 11
Hi NoWayRo, thank you very much. Yes, I think anger is too much indeed have consulted a doctor. Not only for those who suffer from heart disease or high blood pressure, but also for those who are mentally ill. I mean, angry that too much should also consulted a psychiatrist. If such a thing left could be a dangerous thing, not only for the individual but also for others.
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@khalida (1130)
• India
8 Feb 11
Yes i agree. Its funny when you observe that the person who is angry, more than affecting him. he/she would affect others around him. AS anger can easily turn into violence
@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
5 Feb 11
As a Christian I think it's OK to feel anger at times, but it should be righteous anger, justifiable anger, and should not be expressed by shouting: but in a calm but firm way. Just letting off steam at someone for a triviality can hurt them terribly, and if it's towards a friend, it can permanently wreck that relationship; do irreperable damage. Also, it becomes a habit; so that there comes a time where a person blows up like a hurricane for the slighest inconvenience. The Bible says we should not let the sun go down on our anger, which means whatever it is that has upset us should be resolved by the end of the day. And then there should be total forgiveness. Anger is not something to be taken lightly; the Bible says that anger without just cause is terribly dangerous, and to be avoided at all cost.
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@sender621 (14934)
• United States
5 Feb 11
Keeping our anger bottled up inside is not good for our mental health. sometimes that anger needs to be released. Every emotion needs an outlet.
• Malaysia
5 Feb 11
Power of control. How? It works closely with our heart and brain. Don't follow our heart but use our brain. Think wisely.
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@khalida (1130)
• India
5 Feb 11
I think anger is something that can be shown to people who actually respond to it or do something so that you feel better. Otherwise, you would end up getting more angry. also, getting angry is something everyone can easily do but the way to express it, to the right amount, to the right person, in the right way is an art to be enhanced!
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@margam (45)
• Philippines
6 Feb 11
if so, why Im always experiencing migrane whenever I'm angry? :(
@bussyien (135)
• Indonesia
6 Feb 11
Migraine is one type of headache that is common to all people. Migraine can arise due to various factors, one of which is anger that is too excessive. Try to keep you can channel that anger to something positive. If you are often migraine, it is better that you often do meditation or yoga which are equipped with the consumption of vitamin B12 and magnesium are sufficient. Hopefully you do not relapse again migraine.
@margam (45)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
bussyien, thanks you..i'll take note of that. you're a big help!
@beamer88 (4266)
• Philippines
5 Feb 11
Yes, bottling up emotions is unhealthy. We have to release it. And yes, expressing your anger does have its negative effects on your health also like, as you said, an increase in blood pressure which could even result in fatal heart attacks. Both are not good. I guess a person needs to find another way of expressing his anger. They say that taking deep breaths helps.
@bussyien (135)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 11
For a while, take a deep breath does help. But I think it is less effective for the long term. Harbored anger or excite to excess are equally bad for the health impact of the body such as increased blood pressure or something like that. May be much better if things are not going to excess.
@khalida (1130)
• India
5 Feb 11
Well doing things like breathing very deeply and other tips can help a lot to control anger in a very healthy way. you can see this link on how to control anger for more information http://socyberty.com/relationships/how-to-control-anger-4/
• China
6 Feb 11
I think anger should be express then it will be batter.But should be in limited process. I mean we should control our anger or emotion but should express it. Then we will be free of blood pressure increase. As if we can't express our anger then our blood pressure could be increase and if we express but too much then also it will be bad for our health. So we should express it but should control it also.
@bussyien (135)
• Indonesia
6 Feb 11
Yes, you're right. Store or express too much anger is not good for the brain, heart, and mental health. Control is the best way to prevent bad for health.
@LadyDD (519)
• Romania
8 Feb 11
I must confess I've never heard about anger being good for health! In my experience, when I'm anger because of injustice or family issues, the only good thing that happens is the fact that I try to solve them. In other words, anger is a kind of stimulus to me. It happened to me several times that I was disregarded and badly judged at my job, then I was urged to find a way to make progress and turn to another way in my life to be independent. On the other hand, I think anger is not good for health for those with already installed health problems.
@sharra1 (6341)
• Australia
7 Feb 11
I think the important thing is to release your emotions. If you suppress them you do yourself harm in the long term. It is much better to release the emotion and while it may seem bad at first you will feel better after. I used to suppress my emotions and it could lead to long situational depression which was bad for me. It can cause a downward spiral that can take a long time to come out of. Now I let me emotions run their course and I get over things much faster.
@dreamnishu (1253)
• China
6 Feb 11
i do not think so that anger is good for health.its make a person crazy and that time people do not understand what he/she do.i thing it is very bad for health and mind.sometime it is a cause of breaking a relation.i don't like it. thanks a lot.
• India
6 Feb 11
yes, you are true. I would say holding back any kind of emotion is not good for mental, physical and emotional health. We should always behave like a child. Whenever a child never hides any emotions. If he is unhappy he will show that in his actions very clearly. If a child is happy he will express it in the best way. Child never categorize any kind of emotions. He expresses them as he feels and get rid of it very fast, which we grownups are stuck in and waste most of time in life in categorizing and thinking of what people say and think of particular expression. So, show your emotions and never hides them and the simplest way to learn this, is to observe a child and learn from them.
@raj7shot (842)
• India
6 Feb 11
Sure.One must have to anger for some thing.If he is not get angry for anythings.Then he is not a human..
@emine08 (1531)
• Indonesia
6 Feb 11
hi bussyien.... i donot know nothing about it. it is nice discussion.
@Lore2009 (7386)
• United States
6 Feb 11
I think it should be at a balance. I don't think bottling your feelings is healthy at all, but so that you don't get high bp, one should calmly express their feelings. But at the same time, expressing the anger in the best way you feel is releasing would give you the best satisfaction.. so it depends on the situation.