By Harold & Bette Gillogly
Holding onto anger is both dangerous and dumb! Here’s why – You will suffer consequences that will make you miserable. Nobody in their right mind wants to be miserable. DO YOU?
Here are some of the ways it’s going to mess you up:
- It becomes a habit. It will be a chain around your neck, choking the very life out of you. Habits are learned. But the good news is that they can be Unlearned! One thing you can do is stop putting yourself in those situations that trigger your anger. Do you change from Jekyll to Hyde during rush hour traffic? If you really want to, you can take steps to avoid stressed traffic situations. Do you hang around friends who are hot-tempered and angry? You can choose to avoid them and hang with positive, kinder people. And hopefully, they will want to hang with you. (Proverbs 22:24-25)
- It can be hazardous to your health. That’s right. It can actually make you sick. Anger can cause ulcers, high blood pressure, heart attacks, even arthritis. These ailments can be caused by other problems as well. But the point is that you don’t have to let anger push you into illnesses you could avoid. (Proverbs 12:18)
- It pushes people away. You like being alone, do you? You like being that guy other people avoid? Is your right to unload on others worth living in isolation? (Proverbs 25:24)
Want to know more about anger and how to handle it before it handles you? In next week’s blog, we’re going to let you in on some secrets about anger that could really help you if you only knew them.
GTO has a 6 part webinar series called “Anger and Conflict Webinar Series,” which you can find more information about at https://marriages.net/anger-conflict-series/