Feeling hot under the collar? This fresh take might cool you down: It turns out anger, often written off as a destructive emotion, could be an unlikely source of motivation. "Anger leads you towards responses that help you overcome obstacles," points out Heather Lench of Texas A&M University. Three surprising ways anger can actually be beneficial: it can help us reach challenging goals, may boost civic engagement, and can help us recognize our needs in relationships. But remember, it's important to channel anger wisely. So next time you're boiling over, consider asking yourself: Could this anger be put to good use?