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Is Anger Good For You?

 

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The conventional wisdom for ages has been no. Anger is bad for you.

However, some intriguing new research says that anger is good for you.

Seems that expressing anger could be the key to a longer and healthier life as well.

Hot blooded Italians, Spanish, and Mediterranean’s may be adding two years to their life span according to some research.

According to Medical Daily:

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Researchers Marcus Mund and Kristin Mitte at the University of Jena in Germany claim that the latest findings may explain why the hotheaded Italians and Spanish live almost two years longer than the cool English who “keep calm and carry on”.

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And Live Science writes:

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Anger is good for you, as long as you keep it below a boil, according to new psychology research based on face reading.

People who respond to stressful situations with short-term anger or indignation have a sense of control and optimism that lacks in those who respond with fear.

“These are the most exciting data I’ve ever collected,” Carnegie Mellon psychologist Jennifer Lerner told a gathering of science writers here last month.

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So in maddening situations in which anger or indignation are justified, anger is not a bad idea, the thinking goes. In fact, it’s adaptive, Lerner says, and it’s a healthier response than fear.

Chronic, explosive anger or a hostile outlook on the world is still bad for you, contributing to heart disease and high blood pressure, research shows.

The new research supports the idea that humans have more than one uniform response to stress and that fear and anger provoke different responses from our nervous systems and the parts of our brain, such as the pituitary, that deal with tough situations.  [Emphasis mine.]

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Apparently, it is the letting go of the anger and the negative feelings that is healthy. Holding in or repressing anger, fear, and anxiety all bottled up inside of you is what harms humans, not the anger per se.

It is the venting that releases stress.

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German researchers found that keeping in such negative emotions……

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……….can increase risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke.

An analysis of 22-studies covering more than six-thousand patients revealed that repressors, or people who bottle up their emotions, have a higher heart rate and pulse ratio than non-repressors.

According to the study’s author:

Repressors also show more signs of stress than non-repressors. This may happen because chronically repressing negative thoughts makes the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, the part of the brain that controls your reactions to stress, become hyperactive.

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Centuries ago that sage of Greece, Aristotle said: “Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way – that is not within everyone’s power and that is not easy.”

I think anger can be good for us when we learn to use it constructively by motivating us to talk about why we are angry and to search for constructive ways make changes about what made us angry.

What say you?
Featured Recipe        Chicken Breast Diane

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Have you noticed?
The cost of meat has shot way up in the 12 months.

According to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs has risen 4.0 percent over the last 12 months….”  These are staples. These are necessities. My Social Security payment went up only 1.5% this year.

In the day when chicken was much, much, much cheaper than today this was a great way to get Steak Diane flavor with out the expense of buying steak. Today I say if you have a dollar or two more, buy the steak.

I love Steak Diane so I wondered how those flavors would be with chicken. This was many years ago in my starving college student days. To answer my own question,  pretty darn good if I say so myself.

So despite the expense these days every once in a while I still make Chicken Diane.

This is what you will need for 3-4 people:

3-4 boneless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil + 1 tablespoon butter

½ teaspoon dry mustard

1 small shallot

2 tablespoons butter

1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Juice of ½ large lemon

1 tablespoon parsley

2 tablespoons chopped green onions or chives

¼ cup chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Place chicken breasts between plastic wrapping and pound slightly with mallet or a skillet to flatten the chicken a bit. Do not make too thin; about ½ to ¾ thick.

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Mince the shallot

Chop the parsley and the green onions and place in separate bowls or plates.

Pour the chicken broth unto a measuring cup.

Juice the lemon and put in a small saucer.

Place the Worcestershire sauce in a small saucer.

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Here is what you do:

Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with the salt and pepper.

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In a large skillet heat the tablespoon of oil over medium heat.

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Add the tablespoon of butter and mustard in large skillet, stirring the mustard into the butter.

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Lower the heat source to low and add the shallots and stir and cook for about 1 minute or two.

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Add the chicken and brown both sides over medium heat for 3 -4 minutes on each side or until chicken juices run clear.  Be careful, do not cook too long or the chicken will be over cooked and dry.  Add a bit more olive oil if the pan goes dry.

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When cooked, transfer chicken to a warm serving platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

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Add 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter to the skillet and let melt scrapping up any pieces of chicken/shallots  stuck to the bottom of the pan.

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Quickly add the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, chicken broth to the pan and bring to a boil. Whisk for another minute or two until the sauce begins to thicken a bit.

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Then take the skillet off the heat add the green onion, parsley, and last of the butter [ does not show up in picture as it melted before I could take picture.] to the sauce and whisk until smooth.

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Plate the chicken and spoon some of the sauce over the chicken.

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Serve with a salad and/or a vegetable.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

3-4 boneless chicken breasts          $6.69

1 tbspn olive oil + 1 tbspn butter     $0.33

½ teaspoon dry mustard                $0.06

1 small shallot                               $0.24

1-2 tbspn Worcestershire sauce      $0.06

Juice of ½ large lemon                  $0.25

2 tablespoons butter                      $0.16

1 tablespoon parsley                      $0.21

2 tbspn chopped green onions        $0.24

¼ cup chicken broth                      $0.16

Salt and pepper to taste                  ——

Total cost = $8.40
Cost per person (3) = $2.80

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Milton Friedman

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6 comments to Is Anger Good For You?

  • I will confess that I’m really crap at anger. It takes someone intending to hurt my feelings for me to get angry. I can’t be bothered wasting my time with anger. I’m probably ready to croak, right?

    In the meantime this chicken breast Diane will feed my body and treat my soul.

    • Roberta

      I cannot answer that question. Every one is different. If you re happy that is all that matters. Chicken Diane is a good way to feel better no matter what. Enjoy!

  • That chicken breast looks gorgeous! Going to print up this recipe.
    I love anger. I use anger. Works for me. I learned a long long time ago that holding anger inside eats you up. The trick is to express anger in ways that don’t permanently damage other people or relationships. I channel my anger.
    Although I have to admit coaches, as in the people who coached my kids’ sports teams, brought out the worst in me. Coaches can be abusive. I had a screaming match with one and a fist fight with another. I won both. When adults are abusing kids parents should not be afraid to intervene – although I am not condoning violence. She threw the first punch. I was defending myself.
    By way of explanation– had the other parents had the courage to call the coaches on the abuse it would have been nipped in the bud. But most parents are intimidated, afraid their child will lose a starting position or a chance at a starting position.
    Sorry – lecturing. But adults who abuse children and the elderly and the infirm do get me all riled up.

    • Roberta

      I love your grit! You go Julia! And if I am around you can count on me joining in.

      I cannot tolerate seeing children or animals being abused. I have stories….boy do I have stories.

      I agree….holding anger inside can eat you up. Best to get it out some way with the least amount of hurt.

  • When Mugabe’s thugs took our farm and threw me in jail it was anger and indignation at the injustice that allowed me to overcome fear and survive.

    I am convinced that half of the problems in society today come from people supressing their anger at some of the ridiculous laws and constraints imposed on us by political correctness, the thought (and your favourites – food) police.

    • Roberta

      When you are wronged I think anger automatically kicks in. And based on the post you wrote on about your jail experience and Mugabe I believe the anger induced adrenaline rush kept you alive, smart, and able to survive.

      I agree with you that today too many people suppress anger leading to worse problems for the individual and society too. Not me of course…when I get angry I write a blog post. It is a fantastic outlet!