A quote attributed to the Buddha goes, "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."
Why do we get angry? What purpose does anger solve?
Maybe there's an evolutionary reason for anger, like that it fuels our emotions and spurs us into action.
But most of the time, anger feels like a drain on our lives.
Anger causes stress, which is awful for the mind and body. And yet, we regularly expose ourselves to things that trigger our anger.
Every time we read a headline or story that makes us angry, it takes a toll on us. But marketers have found that anger is one of the most useful emotions for generating clicks. And since clicks are the currency of online media, we are caught in the vicious cycle of a negative news storm.
So maybe we all need to take a step back and detox. If we go on a news diet, maybe our mood and general health will start to improve.
Let's focus on the good things happening in the world, instead of every incidence of suffering.
This isn't to say that we should ignore what's really going on. But you can find a balance between keeping up with current events and getting caught up in outrage culture.
Next time you stumble upon something that makes you seethe, just imagine the pointless futility of grabbing a hot coal with the intent to throw it. Many events are outside of your control, but you can control your reaction to them.