How to stop being annoyed by life

Story highlights

  • Taming your anger can have important benefits to your health
  • The goal: an easy system, based in sound psychology, to employ in moments of annoyance

This essay is part of a column called The Wisdom Project by David Allan, editorial director of CNN Health and Wellness. The series is on applying to one's life the wisdom and philosophy found everywhere, from ancient texts to pop culture. You can follow David at @davidgallan. Don't miss another Wisdom Project column; subscribe here.

(CNN)Do you get easily annoyed? At times, does that emotion quickly escalate to anger? You are not alone.

You shouldn't live with it, though.
Beyond improvements to your general mood and happiness, taming your anger can have important benefits to your health. Constant stress and aggravation is linked to a range of issues including overeating, insomnia and depression, and angry outbursts increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.