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SECRET LIFE TIP Almost 2000 Years Old...

Updated: Feb 25, 2021


I first read about Epictetus's quote (an ancient Greek philosopher who was a former slave) a few years ago. It resonated with me so much; I keep it in my thoughts when adversity arises. Epictetus quoted, "It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters." The depth of this quote caused me to stop and absorb the meaning. Almost daily, we face life's disasters, challenges, setbacks. Most people react instantly with anger, frustration, and disappointment. Think of life's frustrating moments: someone cuts you off in traffic, you spill or break a glass, someone says or does something to upset you, the list is endless.

When we react with anger and frustration, it can be very toxic for the body. Frequent feelings of anger can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and decreased lung function. Anger can also make anxiety and depression worse and depress your immune system. So next time you face a challenge before you react with anger, try these tips!

  • Take a deep breath and avoid panicking

  • Remain calm, assess the situation

  • Take the next steps to resolve your issue

  • Don't carry it with you all day; let it go

  • Move on to something positive or constructive to put it behind you

Final notes. People who are calm under pressure and can overcome challenges are valuable in the workplace. They are often promoted and sought after for hiring. In personal relationships, coping with anger and frustration effectively leads to happier relationships for all.


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