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Price You Pay For Keeping Your Anger

Price You Pay For Keeping Your Anger

We often think of forgiveness as something we give to the other person, but in reality, when we lighten our load by letting go of our anger, we realize that forgiveness is for ourselves!

Yash Chaturvedi
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A high-school teacher told all of her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school for a project. 

The next day, students were told to think about the people in their life who they they were angry at; all of the people who they refuse to forgive for whatever the person may have done. For each person thought of they chose a potato and wrote on it the name of the person they were angry at and the date their anger with them began. 

They put the named and dated potatoes it in the plastic bag. Some of their bags were quite heavy.

Students were told to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to their desk at work, etc. By lugging this bag around with it became clear how heavy and what a burden their anger was. They had to pay attention to it all the time so as not forget it and leave it somewhere.

Over the course of the week, the condition of the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty smelly slime. This made carrying the bag around very unpleasant. Pretty quickly, the students realized they wanted to get rid of the potatoes.

The lesson here is to recognize the price we pay for keeping our anger and negativity alive within us. Eventually it becomes very heavy and it stinks. We often think of forgiveness as something we give to the other person, but in reality, when we lighten our load by letting go of our anger, we realize that forgiveness is for ourselves!

Contributed By Yash Chaturvedi

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Madhur Kalra Corp Affairs - Tata Tele

There's an upside to anger. In various situations when you’re not getting what you want—and think you deserve — your angry reaction represents a vital affirmation of self-worth. It’s a self-confirming protest against what offends your moral standards. Experiencing such anger vindicates your position, and frankly affords you a most comforting sense of moral superiority over that which opposes you. Moreover, it reduces the odds that you’ll slip into a pessimistic attitude of defeat.

But how much anger is adequate, how one should express it - is a question I leave to your judgement. In my belief, it depends on your value system and largely value system of your immediate human circle.

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Harry Gavin Content Writer & Dropout by Choice

Anger is the lowest form of human emotion. It destroys ability to think through things in right manner. in business parlance, Today's kids develop this emotion quite early in their childhood. It could be dangerous for their own good, when they grow and come out from protective shell of parents to face the real world. Its better that they are taught and trained in anger management quite early in their age. And the major responsibility lies with parents.

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