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Getting angry good for health

Published on 02/06/2010
Losing your temper can actually benefit health, scientists have found, as it reduces the negative impact of stress.

Researchers found that getting angry increases blood flow to a part of the brain thought to be involved in producing feelings of happiness.

In a laboratory experiment, a team from the University of Valencia induced feelings of anger in 30 male participants using written statements shown to cause aggravation.

They monitored the subjects' heart rate, arterial tension, stress hormones testosterone and cortisol while scanning their brains both before and after the experiment.

It was discovered that the left hemisphere of the brain became more stimulated when the men became angry.

Dr Neus Herrero, who led the study, said that the left frontal region of the brain is commonly thought to be involved in experiencing positive emotions, while the right is associated more with feelings of negativity.

In addition, the left frontal area has been found to trigger a sense of 'closeness' which can in turn generate happiness, whereas the right provokes withdrawal.

According to a 2008 YouGov poll carried out on behalf of the Mental Helath Foundation, 64 per cent of people in the UK say that people in general are getting angrier.
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