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      Anger: it isn't always a bad thing

      According to a study on anger management, 65 people are killed each day in the United States due to violence caused by anger.

      Our Facebook viewers want to know how to avoid lashing out and letting their emotions get the best of them. The important thing we need to keep in mind is we really can't avoid anger; it's a natural human emotion. Instead we've got to learn how to control it, and that can be as simple as finding a hobby or could go as far as seeking professional help. We all feel it, but it's not necessarily a bad thing.

      "Anger is a natural emotion; anger can actually be a positive emotion. It can sometimes effect change, get us to do things we need to do," says Health Psychologist Gregory S. Jones PhD.

      But if your blood pressure starts to rise and heart rate speeds up too often, your emotions may be damaging your physical health. So, what's causing it? Health professionals say that's important to investigate if you want to learn to control it.

      "You have to really rule out any other psychological or physiological causes, then get into what are some things going on in a person's life that maybe causing some of that," Jones said.

      Chronic physical pain, depression or other health factors can cause overwhelming anger. The best way to deal with it is to treat the underlying issue that's causing it.

      But, some of us are just genetically prone to temper problems, and others have issues with our environment. To control that kind of anger, you've got to identify flashpoints and triggers and learn how to react.

      Many of our Facebook viewers have their favorite methods of cooling off. Tricia Coker writes: "When I'm angry, I will often turn to housework to work out the feelings constructively or maybe put on music and sing along." Read more tips here.

      Others prefer to get active, and health professionals say that's a good idea; hitting the gym is a proven stress reliever that can lift your mood.

      "Working out is a great thing to do if you are stressed. It actually releases endorphins that make you happy, also can relax you," says Rick Potes, Sports Rehab Director for the Marquette YMCA.