The Top 10 Angriest Cities in 2017

The Top 10 Angriest Cities in 2017

Anger can increase heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol—here’s how to get it under control.

Could where you live be affecting your mental health? It’s possible. We used RealAge, our scientifically-backed test that analyzes your health history and daily habits to figure out your body’s physical age compared to your calendar age, to determine which cities in the United States had the angriest residents in 2017. The results are based on the answers of everyone who took the test in the past year.

Read on to find out if your city made the list and what you can do to better manage your own anger.

 The 10 Angriest Cities in the United States

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. Miami, FL
  3. New York, NY
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Pittsburgh, PA
  6. Detroit, MI
  7. Minneapolis, MN
  8. Chicago, IL
  9. Washington, DC
  10. Atlanta, GA

Even if you don’t reside in one of these cities, figuring out how to reduce your anger is an important factor in living a healthier life. Try these steps next time you are having a difficult time controlling your temper.

Find out what makes you angry
It’s important to figure out what factors tend to trigger our anger so we can better address the problem. While you might not be able to change all of the frustrating parts of your life, you can change how you approach the situation. For example, if your city dweller commute is leaving you stressed, try listening to calming music or reading a book. Alternatively try a different method of transportation if your current one leaves you burnt out.

Try meditation
One study found that just one meditation session reduced anger in those who were new to the practice. Far from a new age cure, meditation is a great method to bring a sense of calm back into your life. Just a 10- to 20-minute session per day may reduce your anger. If you don’t have the time or find yourself the midst of a stressful situation, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to calm down.

Communicate more effectively
If your anger stems from a friend, colleague or loved one, the best way of dealing with it could be through open communication. Talking through your problems, instead of letting them fester inside of you, is the best way to find a solution that will leave both parties a lot happier. One crucial aspect of problem solving is listening. Keep an open mind when discussing your issues with others, as they may have solutions you have not even considered.

Want more insight into your relationships with friends and family? Sharecare, available for iOS and Android, can help you analyze and improve your communication skills by developing insightful reports on your stress levels during phone calls. It’s important to note: The app will never listen to or record your calls—it simply analyzes the stress fractals in your voice. Then, you can use your results to figure out what may be harming your relationships and take steps towards improving them.

Raising your endorphins has been shown to help combat feelings of anger. Many studies have linked exercise to the reduction of anger. Establishing and sticking to a fitness routine can help both your physical and mental health. While vigorous activities such as running, cycling or group fitness classes, have been shown to help feelings of anger, even low impact activities such as gardening and walking are beneficial.

Speak to someone
If you are having a hard time controlling your frustration or if your anger comes out in violent bursts, then there is a lot of benefit in seeking out a psychologist or an anger management program. Getting help from experts can be the best step towards managing your outbursts and living a happier life.

Think positively
Unfortunately, the situations that make us angry often are more memorable than the many little instances that make our lives happier. When stressed, think of all of the good stuff in your life—whether it’s family, friends, work or personal successes, or just small things that you appreciate. This is not to say that your anger is not valid or that you should suppress those feelings without addressing their source. A study found that people who acknowledged their negative emotions were better at adjusting their behavior.

Let it go
There will always be some frustrating aspects of our lives that we can’t change, especially if you live in a crowded city environment. There are also sources of anger that have been dealt with, but we keep going over in our minds. In both cases, it’s better to stop dwelling on it. Let the past go and move on towards a more contented future.

Medically reviewed in March 2018.

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