Be confident with a smile ... To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves. (Alexander Pope)

Motto of the day

Call for ignorance?


Usually, ignorance is not a nice character trait. But if we have to deal with nasty people, then we do not have to make it so easy for them. Why should we let ourselves be forced on something we do not want? Why should we be annoyed just because other people like it?

In such cases, we may well become a spoilsport and change the rules of the game. What does the oak care about when a sow rubs against her? How wise this German proverb is! Do you understand the proverb in English?


Good mood is free and confuses the opponent!

Further ideas to stay in a good mood instead of getting angry about other people


In a spontaneous action, I have gathered here a few ideas on how to deal with anger:


  1. Don’t deny that you’re angry. People who are able to see their anger as anger are less likely to resort to aggression or violence.
  2. If something annoys me with other people, it may have something to do with me.
  3. Take a deep breath
    Taking deep breaths is one good way to calm yourself when you’re in the throes of anger. Slow breaths will slow the heart rate down.
  4. Stop, Breath, Action. Or is not there a simple solution to the problem?
  5. Tools, such as a mind map, help to ensure the overview and proportionality even for complex topics.
  6. Spontaneous impulses are not always a good idea.
    Never, ever send an email when you are really upset.
  7. Condition yourself with mental anchors for good states.
  8. Assessing personal relevance
    Often, no other thought is worthwhile when strangers behave differently than we imagine. Is the situation really worth the trouble?
  9. Beware of clairvoyance. Could it possibly be a misunderstanding? Questions help with clarification.
  10. Do not take the behavior of other people so personally. Often their behavior has something to do with quite a different thing than is suspected at first glance.
  11. Self-reflection. Anyone who knows himself well responds more confidently.
  12. Are you ashamed of other people? I am not responsible for all other people’s mistakes,
  13. Do practice compassion
    To do something compassionate for someone else is incompatible with anger and aggression.
  14. Physical exercise reduces stress.
    Especially aerobic exercise, including brisk walking or jogging, can be a great way to handle anger.
  15. Relaxation techniques
  16. Constructive soliloquy
  17. Coaching
  18. Do distract yourself
  19. Meditate
  20. Learning to say no
  21. Bring thoughts to the paper.
  22. Sleep on it
    This gives you time to devise a sane and rational response to the situation. Don’t be afraid to tell the person who has aggrieved you that you need a day or two to think about the issue.
  23. Training in constructive repartee
  24. Count from 1 to 10 or 100 if necessary. Thomas Jefferson famously said, “When angry, count 10, before you speak; if very angry, 100.”
  25. Do forgive
    Forgiveness can help you stop ruminating, which is when negative thoughts play over and over in your head like some horror movie scene.



Knowing how and when it is worthwhile to react and when it is not, is helpful. It is a good fit to continue assuming responsibility. Those who are not omnipotent should use resources cleverly.



Some people say anger happens, it’s just part of life. Where and when do you want to stay in a good mental state today, where otherwise the personal serenity can easily be lost?


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