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Hello Mi Neighbour | Anger is poisonous

Published:Friday | September 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Hello, mi neighbour! Angry people can be deadly people, especially if they have no clue about how to manage anger! Oftentimes, uncontrolled anger leads to violence and destruction - even mass destruction. And why is our world so angry? Unfulfilled dreams? Dissatisfaction with governments? Are some angry because they are hungry - not just for food, but for power, sex, recognition, wealth and the like? Why are you so angry? I know: no peace of mind.

Cardiologist Dr Cynthia Thaik says anger and hatred are natural, but they are also some of the most toxic emotions affecting the world. Feelings of rage and hatred build up in the mind, body and soul, affect the body's organs and natural processes and breed even more negative emotions. Expressing anger, however, in reasonable ways can be healthy. Explosive people who hurl objects and yell at others frequently may be at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Be careful co-workers and married couples, don't yell at each other. Remember, "grievous words stir up anger, but kind words turn away wrath".




Dr Thaik discovered that prolonged bouts of anger can take a toll on the body in the form of high blood pressure, stress, anxiety, headaches and poor circulation. Research also shows that even a very short episode of anger can create more stress than our feeble little bodies can handle. Anger can be directed at yourself or at other people, but either way, we lose whenever we allow this negative emotion to control our lives. Fortunately, there are some ways to overcome anger within six hours. Please research.

Today, people inflict violence on one another on a scale never seen before in human history. Anger against others has killed billions of people through the course of history. The number of killings through personal attacks, wars, terrorism, and shootings are astounding!

According to Former South African President Nelson Mandela, we feel the pain of children who are abused by people who should protect them, women injured or humiliated by violent partners, elderly persons maltreated by their caregivers, youth who are bullied by other youths, and people of all ages who inflict violence on themselves. This suffering reproduces itself as new generations learn from the violence of generations past, as victims learn from victimisers, and as the social conditions that nurture violence are allowed to continue. No country, no city, no community is immune. But neither are we powerless against it.

Indeed, we are not powerless! There are principles by which we can live in harmony in our homes our communities and our world! But is anyone listening? War will never bring peace, murder will never remove pain or poverty, anger will never bring happiness, and hatred will never calm the soul! Here's what will: LOVE. "Love will cover a multitude of sins." Let these words permeate your mind and influence your behaviour as together we commence an uprising against anger today - "thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself and do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Utopia! Not quite, but our world would be far more pleasant! Play your part from the heart!




1. Mrs Neil, St Andrew, for donation of clothing.

2. Miss Garcia for offering adult clothing.

3. Koreen, USA, for her willingness to assist a Jamaican neighbour.

4. Everybody's Pharmacy, once again, for acts of neighbours.


Opportunities to



help a neighbour:


- Sasha, St Mary, asking for second-hand TV or radio.

- Camille, St Catherine, asking for a queen-sized mattress.

- Neighbour, St Catherine, seeking financial to do ultrasound which should have been done from last year November.

- Ms McLean, asking neighbours for a second-hand functional sewing machine to help make a living.

- Neighbour, asking for a second-hand television - even for the children's sake.

- Neighbour, St Catherine, asking for a gas stove.

- Shantel, asking neighbours for stove and a bed.

- Ms Daisy, hungry and has no food. Asking for neighbours' help.

To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct #351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour c/o 53 Half-Way-Tree Road, Kingston 10. Email