Anger is contagious.
If you’ve ever been around someone prone to angry outbursts (and who hasn’t?) it’s like walking on eggshells all the time.
You just never know what will trigger the next outburst.
Recent studies confirm what we already know…that stress is contagious.
Well, so is anger.
Read on —
Studying the communicable effects of disease teaches us something about spiritual illness, too. Spiritual viruses and emotional maladies spread person to person just like germs and viruses. According to Proverbs 15:18, angry people spread their anger wherever they go. The words influenza and influence, after all, come from the same root word.
But the cure spreads person to person, too! We can reverse the anger of those around us by staying cool and calm, gentle and patient. Whatever our emotions – joy, anger, depression, anxiety – they infect those near us. This is one of the Christian’s greatest secrets. When we’re filled with the calming strength of the Spirit, we can improve whatever environment we find ourselves in.
A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention. Proverbs 15:18