I once heard someone say you can’t stay angry if your palms are facing up. So I tried it. And it really works. There’s something about putting our hands up in surrender that relaxes us, eases our tensions, and disarms our defenses.
The opposite is clenched fists. It’s hard not to be angry when your fists are clenched. To keep your hands in that position requires your body to be tense.
As the seasonal temperatures start to rise and you find your fists balled up, I dare you to loosen them and turn your palms up. And see what happens. I’d love to hear about it.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"