Harvesting Happiness for Heroes

Harvesting Happiness for Heroes by Lisa Cypers Kamen

by Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happines 4 Heroes


Each of has our own angry pattern, and that pattern intersects with others. In this blog, we are going to discuss cycles of relationships, and the top two reasons these cycles are perpetuated—blame, and not stepping outside of yourself to change the pattern.

Let’s look back at these patterns and see how they fit into our lives. Our actions provoke others, and they in turn (or first, as your point of view may tell it) provoke us. The patterns can be difficult to break. Perhaps, for instance, you have a significant other who just doesn’t get it. They don’t get what you are going through, what living on base (or waiting back at home) did to you, and refuse to talk about any of your frustrations and concerns. Depending on your pattern, you may react by running away. You just leave for long periods of time, cease to talk to him/her. Or you may try harder to reach them, eventually by growing angry or crying. You may blame this person for your frustrations, try harder to be the perfect partner (and tell them all the ways they are not), or let them take more control over every-day matters; while you stay upset and stewing.

Your partner will then react to this expression of anger with their own response—and a cycle is born, or continues yet again. So how do we cease this cycle?

The first step, as discussed, is to acknowledge the pattern. Once you’ve done that, you can see most clearly what provokes you, and what provokes the other person.  Now, let’s be honest: who can you really change? Can you change your partner? Or, if the case may involve a parent or sibling or co-worker…can you change their attitudes and responses and actions? You have tried in the past, and it obviously is not working.


HH4Heroes Anger Management Strategy #2

Beneath the anger lies the sadness. Think about it for a minute. When we get angry we are disappointed that another person or life itself did not meet our expectations or cooperate with our plans. It can be a hard pill to swallow that the so and so who cut you off in traffic did not respect you or your buddy did not make it home from service and you did. These are extreme opposite examples but you get the point. Life, in both small and big moments can and does fail to measure up. The bigger question then becomes, not how do I manage anger and rage but what do I do with all that disappointment? We will devote the next blog series to grief but in the meantime, let’s stay here in the anger.

You do not possess the power to change another. The only person you can really change is yourself. In order for change to take place, you might consider facing what directly lies beneath your anger. Anger, meet your sadness and unfulfilled expectations head on and know that it is ok. By connecting with what is really irritating you down deep inside you can learn from it, let go and move on more happily. By doing so I am not suggesting you ignore or compartmentalize the anger, I ask that you befriend it.

That’s a scary thought at times, so let me throw out a few disclaimers—I’m not saying to be a doormat or passive, or, for that matter, passive aggressive. What I am going to talk about is a healthy way to change your reactions, stop the cycle, and work towards eliminating anger, and getting your real needs met. We will talk about that more in the next blog.

Remember…happiness is an inside job!


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