Archive for the ‘Emotions’ Category

Want to control your anger while driving? Try these 7 tips to stop road rage

Man feeling road rage while driving in a carThis week it was reported in the news that the Australian police said they believed a road rage incident and the stabbing of two men in Sydney’s south-west are related. Road rage incidents like this are common around the world, and are increasing as the number of cars on the road increases each year. To make matters worse, more cars means more bad drivers. The insurance company AAMI said Australian drivers are becoming more selfish, aggressive and dangerous.

Road rage can range from mild – such as pulling a finger sign – to serious – stabbings, beatings, and death. Controlling our temper while driving is vital for safe and happy travelling. Here are seven ideas to prevent road rage.


30 ways to help cope with stress

Stressed womanMost of us have suffered from stress at some time in our lives. In fact stress is such a huge problem that the American Medical Association says it’s a factor in more than 75% of illnesses.

Too much stress can badly affect our work, social life, relationships, health and happiness. Dealing appropriately with stress is vital so we can lead happier, healthier and more productive lives.

Below are some ideas to help cope with stress. If you have any ideas, please write them in the comments section below. If they are suitable they will be added to the list.


Safe and easy ways to release anger and rage to help us feel happier

ExplosionsSomeone has really hurt us. Our adrenaline starts pumping. Our hearts beat quickly, and we want to explode with rage. How can we release our anger while causing little or no harm to ourselves and others?

There are, of course, many ways to let out anger – some more harmful than others. Harmful ways include beating people, throwing things, destroying things, driving dangerously and committing self-harm.

Below are some relatively safe ways to release anger and rage. If you have any helpful ideas, write them in the comments section below. If they are harmless and reasonable, they will be added to the list.


10 anger management tips to tame your temper

lightning bolts when you are angryDo you think that our temperament from early childhood is our destiny or it’s something we can change? Research has found that temperament – the mood that dominates our emotional life, that is a given at birth, and is largely caused by our genes – is not our destiny. With the right experiences and emotional lessons we can shape our personality to become more outgoing if we are naturally shy, more cheerful if we are naturally on the sad-side and so on.

This is great news in terms of anger. We know some people are naturally more easily angered than others. Anger is a normal emotion, just like happiness and sadness, so it’s unrealistic to think we will get to the stage that we will never get angry again. What is realistic, though, is being able to gain good anger management skills so we are happier, which can, in turn, make those close to us happier.

Do you want to tame a terrible temper? Try these ten anger management tips.

Stop feeling sad this winter – how to treat winter depression

dark cloudy day on the ocean with the sun shining through the cloudsStaying happy during winter can be a challenge for some of us, when the amount of natural sunlight reduces.

Our mood is directly affected by how much sunlight we receive. Many people find that they become seasonally depressed as they receive less light in winter. People are especially affected if they live in the far northern hemisphere.

How gloomy people feel during the dark, rainy season can range from mild to major seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The good news is that there are many things we can do to help us stay happy during winter.

Dr. Alan Manevitz from the Cornell Medical Center says that 2009 is one of the worst years for SAD. Are you affected?

Visualization exercise to help us forgive others and dissolve resentment

Lake Mapourika, New ZealandLouise L. Hay wrote in her book You Can Heal Your Life: “Love is always the answer to healing of any sort. And the pathway to love is forgiveness. Forgiveness dissolves resentment.”

One pathway to forgiveness is through visualization – using our imagination to help us let go of bitterness and resentment.

Happiness after loss – ideas to cope with grief and death

Sunlight behind trees in the snowAs the world mourns the deaths of two great people – Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett – what are some ways that can help us cope with the grief?

I’ve been wanting to write an article about grieving and loss for a while, and their deaths prompted me to take action and express my thoughts.

If we aren’t grieving for Farrah and Michael in particular, their deaths might trigger memories of current or past losses in our own lives.

How to forgive others – letting go of pain, hurt and anger

Bird flyingOne of the best ways to forgive others is to use forgiveness techniques from those who have forgiven people for atrocious behaviors against them, then gone on to live happy and fulfilling lives. If they can forgive shocking behavior, we can too.

Here are three of the most extraordinary real-life stories of forgiveness that I’ve heard.

10 stress management techniques for better health and happiness

Woman feeling stressedStress. Who wants it? Not me. Well, just a bit, because experts say a small amount of stress is good for us. It helps prevent boredom, makes us feel motivated and enhances happiness. They call it positive stress because it leads to positive results.

Too much stress, however, is a health hazard and a happiness killer. It can increase blood pressure, cause anxiety, lack of concentration, confusion, irritability, ulcers, hair loss, white hair, damage to the heart and blood vessels and more.

Want to forgive others and dissolve anger? Enhance empathy

Pink flowers in sunlightActress Susan Sarandon said, “When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.” I believe this is true. Having empathy – the ability to understand another person’s point-of-view and feelings – helps us in many ways. It can enhance our capacity to love, help us dissolve anger and help us forgive others, all of which give us extra happiness.

What’s one way to help us let go of anger and forgive others by gaining empathy? Read on.

Taming the green-eyed monster – stopping jealousy in its tracks

Green-eyed monster
The green-eyed monster, jealousy, is rearing its head. Someone has something we desire. We start to feel sour and sickly. Bitterness and anger takes over. How can we tame the monster to gain extra happiness? Try these tips to banish the beast.