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Keep Calm for Your Heart’s Sake

Icon of man meditating Your emotions play a vital component in your overall well-being. High levels of anger and hostility can negatively affect you in multiple ways in addition to your attitude. Some studies have shown a link between these negative emotions and heart disease.

Anger activates your “fight or flight” response which results in the release of stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, which increases your heart rate. This can cause your blood pressure to rise and the blood vessels to constrict making your heart work harder.

Keeping calm can help keep your heart pumping smoothly. Take the time to put things into perspective. Consider how much this will matter in five years or even five minutes. Give yourself permission to postpone your anger until tomorrow. By then, the problem will have likely gone away.

Keep your heart in mind before you let anger get to you.

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