Teens: How do you learn to control your anger? Activity 11
Dr Gowher Yusuf
Hal 3rd stage, Bengaluru Feb 16, 2017
Source: The Anger workbook for Teens by (Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS)
Humour is a great way to defuse anger. Not only can it improve a tense situation, but it also good for your health! A good laugh reduces you level of stress hormones and boosts your level of endorphins, which are hormones that give you a sense of well being. Anger and humour are polar opposites, so it is hard to be angry and laugh at the same time. Look at some of the ways that laughter and anger can affect you.
Laughter: Makes you forget about anger, makes you feel happy, gives you a great stomach workout, makes others want to be with you and it decreases tension
Anger: Makes you focus on what you are mad about, makes you unhappy, causes your heart to beat faster, hurts your relationship with others and makes you tense.
A situation that makes you angry is likely to have a different outcome depending on whether you allow your anger to escalate or your sense of humour to take over. Many episodes of anger are actually funny, if you can step away from what has happened long enough to notice. So next time you get angry, stop and ask yourself, “what’s funny about this situation?” chances are you will find some humour if you just look for it.
Think of a time when you reacted to a situation with anger. Describe the situation and what you did.
Imagine you had been able to find humour in this situation, and rewrite your experience showing how the outcome would have been different.