Do something, don’t stew
If you are angry with a politician, policy, or other public injustice, do something about it. In one study, researchers from the University of Wisconsin tracked the brain-wave patterns in students who had just been told the university was considering big tuition increases. They all exhibited brain patterns signifying anger, but signing a petition to block the tuition increases seemed to provide satisfaction. Put simply, working to right a wrong is life-affirming and positive. Stewing in a bad situation without taking action is the opposite. However, your bad mood might not be situational; these 8 medical conditions might be the reason for your bad mood.
Don’t beat up your pillow
Think hitting something will feel cathartic and help you reduce your anger? Punching a pillow (or a person) doesn’t help, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Contrary to popular belief, these common reactions don’t decrease your anger. In fact, the researchers found they may actually increase your hostility.