Why are so many of us so sad and angry? There’s no question that we’re born with certain innate personality characteristics, but experts say that much of how we respond to the world around us is learned.
Most of us face the same dismal headlines, monthly mortgage payments, daily traffic jams and a stream of bills through the letter- box. Some of us have accepted that that’s life and sail through it with a shrug. Others take such everyday affronts personally and get angry about all the injustices of modern life. Whichever path you take is simply a matter of personal choice. Nothing can make you angry – except yourself.
You obviously cannot undergo a personality transplant in order to protect your heart. You are who you are. Instead, when you’re confronted with a challenging situation, try pausing before you react in your usual way. Look at your choices and choose a more positive response. Life is so much better when we smile than when we frown – and it’s easier than you might think to walk away from anger. Here are ways to increase every- day happiness and improve your heart’s health.