Happiness for when you are angry

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Happiness for when you are angry. Tips and practices for working with your anger for happiness and wellbeing for you and others.

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Happiness for when you are angry

  1. 1. Happiness for when you are angry
  2. 2. When all the happiness lessons don’t help…
  3. 3. Anger happens at all ages, from the very young to the very old.
  4. 4. Rage, quick to anger or a short fuse. Resentful feelings that won’t go away. Blame. Grumpy, discontent, unable to find pleasure in anything. Self-hatred, not caring about self, destructive or risky actions Critical of everything and unable to find satisfaction anywhere. Strong feelings of being right or self-righteousness. Self justification. Stubbornness. Refusal to listen to another perspective. Urgently solving the problem. Taking action to “fix” things. & other ways… Anger has many forms
  5. 5. Sometimes anger is part of the grief process. It’s important to feel your feelings.
  6. 6. Anger suppressed becomes depression and that dead feeling inside. When you can’t talk about your anger, you feel like your feelings don’t matter. Suppressed anger can come out as suicidal thoughts.
  7. 7. It is important to talk about what makes you angry.
  8. 8. If you need to act strongly to express your anger, then act out your anger in a safe place and way for everybody concerned without hurting or damaging anything. Punch a pillow, slam a door or bang pots and pans. Get in your parked car or a room where no one can hear you and scream words and sounds. Stomp walk, work out really hard or play music loud and dance. Hammer a piece of wood as hard as you can, tear up scrap paper or destroy something that is symbolic and not valuable.
  9. 9. An angry act versus an act you take because of your anger are not the same thing.
  10. 10. When you express your anger, take care not to escalate the situation and create a cycle of pain and suffering.
  11. 11. And… if your angry act (this includes words) has hurt someone, including yourself, never be afraid to say you are sorry.
  12. 12. Saying your sorry is not the same as giving an explanation.
  13. 13. Expressing anger often starts with expletives and swearing. Talk about your anger until you can explain it fully and calmly.
  14. 14. Talk about your anger until you get to the point that you understand why you are angry.
  15. 15. If talking is hard to do, write it down first.
  16. 16. Once you fully understand your anger, you can start to rethink it.
  17. 17. When you are angry, it is generally for a reason. Think about what it is you are angry about.
  18. 18. You may be angry about something you expected to happen but did not, or something that happened that you did not expect. Take time to look back on the situation and rethink it.
  19. 19. Anger can tell you what you should do. Anger can point the way. But talk it through until you can make considered and wise decisions.
  20. 20. To sum up: Safely express your anger. Apologize if you have hurt someone. Talk about your anger. Understand your anger. Rethink your anger. Use your understanding of why you are angry to point the way to wiser, better actions for happiness for you and others.

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