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How Can You Transform Your Hulk Anger Into Something Good?

How Can You Transform Your Hulk Anger Into Something Good?

No one likes an angry person yet it’s such a common feeling within all of us. Losing your cool and being described as having a ‘short fuse’ usually just means you’re unable to contain the negative feelings triggered inside you.

This kind of energy is deemed negative because it creates bad feelings inside of other people who are at the brunt of the anger and even cause the angry person to feel badly about themselves and the world around them.

But can this negative energy be used for good? Does it always have to be interpreted as a failing quality that affects people in a damaging way?

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    The Positivity Within The Emotion of Anger

    Anger is found in most animals capable of emotions which indicates that there is some evolutionary reason why we are able to feel this emotion in the first place.

    This reason is survival. Our job is to react to situations effectively in order to survive and if we feel threatened, attacked, frustrated or powerless we need to let the pack know to back off or stop what’s happening.

    But anger could play another important role in our lives. Researchers Jennifer Lerner and Dacher Keltner, studied the effect of anger and fear on risk-taking individuals and found that anger gives you the same outlook towards risk as happiness. What does this mean? An angry person has an optimistic view towards risk estimates. They are more inclined towards taking risks which effectively means you can use this inherent inclination to change your bad habits and adopt good ones, according to author and researcher, Dr. Marcia Reynolds.

    The Secret to Using Anger in a Positive Way

    Reynolds goes on to explain that, “the skill is to shift the focus of your anger away from external circumstances to instead focus on what you strongly desire to change within yourself. It is not your flaky boss or overwhelming responsibilities that make you scream at strangers while you drive. You should be angry that it has taken so long for you to realise that you have the power to change your circumstances. Use your anger to initiate the positive shifts you need to change your life.”

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    So how can we use anger positively and change our internal world and our perception of the external?

    Identifying Your Rage is the First Step

    Being mindful of when you step into these angry feelings may seem hard but doing this in the moment is training you in positive self-awareness. It may not seem much but it’s an inner strength that will get stronger the more you use it. This inner strength will serve you throughout your life so in effect you are developing emotional tools that can help you relax. Learning to take yourself away from the situation and use breathing techniques to recover will help in many other stressful situations you encounter later on.

    Use Anger to Learn Productive Conflict

    Anger is usually synonymous with arguments. If you find you’re quite attacking when you’re in angry, argumentative mode then it means you have an opportunity to practice more self-awareness. Techniques such as slowing down your speech, pausing and breathing, and lowering your voice can all help your mind calm down in the moment. You may even find the other person mimics you in order to relax the situation.

    It’s also an opportunity to consider the other person and why they may have their point of view and do this without judgement. Perhaps they haven’t understood what you’ve said or they also aren’t being mindful of how you feel in the angry moment. These moments are a wonderful opportunity for self-development, self-awareness and empathy.

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    Use Angry Energy For Motivation

    Anger is an essential emotion because it allows us to process negative feelings and eventually let go of a situation in our lives. When the anger is all-consuming and lingering, this is when it can be damaging to our well-being.

    Channelling negative energy into something positive is the best way of coping with that feeling of rage. Physical activity is the best way to do this as anger causes our body to speed up. If you need to improve performance in anything physical such as running, swimming or any other performance sport, doing this in a more angry state will help improve personal bests.

    The good thing about anger, especially if it’s performance related, is you can choose to use it to fuel your desire to perform rather than focus on mistakes. It can even help channel effective brainstorming and solutions. This way you are taking away the negative energy directed at the feeling of anger and focusing it more on a positive solution.

    Use Anger as an Opportunity to Grow

    Anger may be a problem but know that it’s an essential part of being human and our emotional recovery. If you find you get triggered very easily it means you’ve integrated it more into your being than is necessary. But this doesn’t have to be bad. Truly see this an an opportunity to learn about yourself and your capabilities. Realise that it’s an opportunity to make a habit of drawing on your inner strength, create solutions to problems, understand others better and even motivate you performance-wise.

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    Anger doesn’t have to be so negative. Let it teach you to grow.

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      Last Updated on March 17, 2020

      4 Simple Ways to Make Boring Work Become Interesting

      4 Simple Ways to Make Boring Work Become Interesting

      Are you bored at work right now?

      Sitting at your desk, wishing you could be anywhere other than here, doing anything else…?

      You’re not alone.

      Even when you have a job you love, it’s easy to get bored. And if your job isn’t something you’re passionate about, it’s even easier for boredom to creep in.

      Did you know it’s actually possible to make any job more interesting?

      That’s right.

      Whether it’s data entry or shelf stacking, even the most mind-numbing of jobs can be made more fun.

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      Understanding the science behind boredom is the first step to beating it.

      Read on to learn the truth about boredom, and what you can do to stop feeling bored at work for good.

      VIDEO SUMMARY

      I’m bored – as you’re watching the same film over and over again, even though it’s your favorite one

      When you experience something new, your brain releases opioids – chemicals which make you feel good. [1]

      It’s the feeling you might get when you taste a new food for the first time, watch a cool new film, or meet a new person.

      However, the next time you have the same experience, the brain processes it in a different way, without releasing so many feel-good chemicals.

      That’s why you won’t get the same thrill when you eat that delicious meal for the tenth time, rewatch that film again, or spend time with the same friend.

      So, in a nutshell, we get bored when we aren’t having any new experiences.

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      Now, new experiences don’t have to be huge life changes – they could be as simple as taking a different route to work, or picking a different sandwich shop for lunch.

      We’re going to apply this theory to your boring job.

      Keep reading find out how to make subtle changes to the way you work to defeat boredom and have more fun.

      Your work can be much more interesting if you learn these little tricks.

      Ready to learn how to stop feeling so bored at work?

      We’ve listed some simple suggestions below – you can start implementing these right now.

      Let’s do this.

      Make routine tasks more interesting by adding something new

      Sometimes one new element is all it takes to turn routine tasks from dull to interesting.

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      Maybe there’s a long drive you have to make every single week. You get so bored, going the same old route to make the same old deliveries.

      Why not make it a routine to create a playlist of new music each Sunday, to listen to on your boring drive during the week?

      Just like that, something you dread can be turned into the highlight of your day.

      For other routine tasks, you could try setting a timer and trying to beat your record, moving to a new location to complete the task, or trying out a new technique for getting the work done – you might even improve your productivity, too.

      Combine repetitive tasks to get them out of the way

      Certain tasks are difficult to make interesting, no matter how hard you try.

      Get these yawn-inducing chores out of the way ASAP by combining them into one quick, focused batch.

      For example, if you hate listening to meeting recordings, and dislike tidying your desk, do them both at the same time. You’ll halve the time you spend bored out of your mind, and can move onto more interesting tasks as soon as you’re done.

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      Break large tasks into small pieces and plan breaks between them

      Feeling overwhelmed can lead you to procrastinate and get bored. Try breaking up large tasks into lots of small pieces to keep things manageable and fun.

      Try breaking up a 10,000 word report into 1000-word sections. Reward yourself at the end of each section, and you’ll get 10 mini mood boosts, instead of just one at the end.

      You can also plan short breaks between each section, which will help to prevent boredom and keep you focused.

      Give yourself regular rewards, it can be anything that makes you feel good

      Make sure you reward yourself for achievements, even if they feel small.

      Rewards could include:

      • Eating your favourite snack.
      • Taking a walk in a natural area.
      • Spending a few minutes on a fun online game.
      • Buying yourself a small treat.
      • Visiting a new place.
      • Spending time on a favourite hobby.

      Your brain will come to associate work with fun rewards, and you’ll soon feel less bored and more motivated.

      Boredom doesn’t have to be a fact of life.

      Make your working life feel a thousand times more fun by following the simple tips above.

      Reference

      [1] Psychology Today: Why People Get Bored

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