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Anger can make us do some crazy, stupid stuff. Whether you”re the type to storm out of a room, yell uncontrollably, or throw things out of a window, being angry doesn”t appear to do a whole lot of good.

But as it turns out, anger is actually beneficial. Below are six reasons why getting mad could be good.

1. Anger can help you gain insight and clarity.

Anger can help you gain insight and clarity.

This is especially true in terms of recognizing one”s own faults and shortcomings.

2. Anger helps prevent violence.

Anger helps prevent violence.

This might sound backwards, but in reality, the healthy assertion of anger can prevent more physically violent forms of expression.

3. Anger is good for negotiation.

Anger is good for negotiation.

Studies have shown that, in certain circumstances, one who demonstrates anger is more likely to have their demands met.

4. Often, those who are angry are also optimistic.

Often, those who are angry are also optimistic.

Apparently, both happy and angry people have a generally hopeful view of the future.

5. Anger can be motivating.

Anger can be motivating.

Anger can actually help us become more motivated to pursue our goals in spite of frustrations.

6. It may help relationships.

It may help relationships.

An important part of being in a relationship is honesty. Expressing your frustration in a nonviolent way can greatly benefit an intimate relationship.

(via PsyBlog)

Next time I punch a wall, I”ll know that it”ll eventually lead to me getting everything I want in a negotiation…or did I get that wrong?

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