Wisdom: Anger Can Kill You, Really

Treat chronic anger in yourself as a ticking time bomb. Left untreated, it will prevent you from enjoying your pension with others.

For the past few years I’ve been handing out a list of a dozen “Stress-Proofing Guidelines” to people who attend my workshops on topics related to healthy workplaces. There’s nothing mystical or groundbreaking about the list: it simply represents my attempt to summarize a growing literature on the causes and consequences of stressful living.  But in this column, I want to focus on one those guidelines, the very last one which deals with anger. It turns out that chronic anger – persistent hostility as a feature of our personal style and lifestyle – is a dangerous variable in the dynamics of stress. So here’s the 12th guideline as it appears on my list.

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Dr. Sandy Cotton