Dealing with an angry world—don’t eat the rat poison

Ashly Doug

Are you often angry about what you see in the news? I try to limit how much ‘bad news’ I take in. In 1826 a doctor wrote: “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” I have a similar saying: Tell me what you hear and I will tell you how you feel. If you take in too much bad news, you feel not only angry but also depressed. And what’s worse: the target of your anger and cause of your depression does not feel your anger! It is as if you ate rat poison and then expected the rat to die. You are the only one whose mood will ‘die.’ Think about ways you could take in less bad news so you can feel less angry and depressed.

 

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