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Written by Brent Knight, President of ISS

Do you see, hear, and feel anger all around you? Let’s face it, everywhere we turn, the news, social media, etc., it is doom, gloom, and negativity. It is getting old, and it is wearing all of us down.

Human beings are resilient, and we can adapt. If you don’t believe it, look at someone living in a cardboard box. We adjust to our circumstances and absorb adversity. This adaptation is what makes us unique within the animal kingdom, but it comes with a price.

When we are challenged daily, it begins to wear us down. Whether we know it or not, that creates frustration and exhaustion that I would argue lead to anger. This anger builds and comes out unpredictably. It might be someone cutting you off on the road, another person making a rude comment, or even someone entering a store and not holding the door for you. Whatever the trigger event, that anger emanates and is unleashed.

For some, anger is more consistent and controls both mood and personality. This person generally seems bitter and unapproachable.

Considering all of this, the question is, is it worth it? Why do we allow frustration to build to anger and then hold it in and let it control us? Why don’t we just accept things, move on, and live our lives. I don’t have the answer, but I will say this. Let it go!

Our lives are precious, and each day is a gift. We should live each day like it is our last and should not let external influences dictate our mood or control us. This starts with making the choice and reminding ourselves daily that we cannot control external factors, but we can control how we process and respond to them.

As Bobby McPheron said, don’t worry, be happy!