It's so easy to be angry in 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic has caused severe hardship around the world, especially here at home. Riots and the removal of long-standing monuments in the U.S. have forced Americans to deal with an age-old problem, racism. In doing so, like cream, a host of emotions rose to the top in 2020 provoking anger and destruction in cities across the nation. Anger is a nasty basic human emotion that if not kept in check, could overtake the spirit and erode the soul.

Anger is part of the "fight or flight" innate instincts deep within all of us. It goes back to the beginning of the human race. Anger can destroy relationships, take away your happiness on every level and in some, create unhealthy addictions.

Now more than ever, it is vital that you not let anger consume your life. On top of everything that's happened this year, we are about to elect a president in the middle of a politically charged pandemic. Emotions are elevated.

Psychologytoday.com reminds us that just because we release anger doesn't mean it dissipates. In fact, an eruption can "reinforce anger" and "deepen it".

If anger in you or someone you know has caused thoughts of harming yourself or others, created unusual hostility, aggressive behavior or inflammatory thoughts, support groups are available in most cities.

In Acadiana, The Family Tree offers a variety of services (often free or discounted) to help individuals with assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties.

Remember, anger is only one letter away from danger.