What are the side effects of impatience?

It is well known that, Patience is a virtue. The virtuosity of patience came from great wisdom and it solves many problems. Ideals may seem out of reach to put into practice, but is impatience good for you? This article discusses the side effects of impatience.

Patience is a virtue

There are many definitions of the word patience but according to Google definition, the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious and virtue means behavior showing high moral standards. As you can understand from the quote, patience is a noun that signifies one of the behaviors that are regulated by morally acceptable principles of life. It was patience that helped many great minds achieve great success. For example, Thomas Alva Edison failed 1,000 times before he invented a working light bulb and it was patience along with dedication that helped him get through this.
Patience is a very important concept in religions:
  • Islam: In Islam, belief in Allah is discussed using the word sabr.
  • Buddhism: The term used is kshanthi in Sanskrit.
  • Hinduism: Patience is related to the Sanskrit words pariksaha meaning patience and forbearance, sahisnuta meaning patient toleration, titiksha meaning forbearance, sahanshilta meaning suffering with patience, etc.

Some wonderful quotes related to patience

"Blessings may appear under the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let him have patience, and he will see them in their proper figures."
-Joseph Addison, The Guardian no. 117, 25,July,1713.
"He that can have patience can have what he will."
-Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, June 1736.
"We shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it."
-Abraham Lincoln, White House speech, 11 April 1865.

Inculcating patience into one's behavior, habits could help solving many problems. But impatience is most prevalent in modern society than patience. Let us understand what it is and go through some of its side effects.

What is impatience?

It is the exact opposite of patience. It means the tendency to be impatient; irritability or restlessness. A little anxiety may boost productivity but impatience in excess is overkill. Nothing worthwhile can be gained by being impatient in your life.

Side effects of impatience

  • Lack of satisfaction: Satisfaction is not proportional to impatience. People always seem to prefer shortcuts to their problems, no matter how trivial they may be. This often leads to impatient behavior and eventually unreasonable goals and expectations. When these goals fail, it leads to more anxiety and this becomes a vicious circle.
  • Waste of energy: Energy that could be used in more constructive ways is spent unnecessarily
  • Ruins relationships: Impatience has the potential to ruin relationships one has with his/her friends, family or any other people. People tend to avoid impatient people because they are afraid that they might experience negative feelings in dealing with the impatient people.
  • Loss of motivation: You will lose valuable motivation which could have helped you accomplish many worthwhile tasks.
  • Inability to bask in glory of previous successes: You won't be able to reflect on your successfully completed tasks.
  • Affects one's mental well-being: You will be affected by mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, etc and vice versa.
  • Physiological effects: Impatience increases blood pressure, brings about release of stress-related hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol,etc, increases risk of heart disease and causes many more effects. Eventually weight gain, high blood sugar and high blood pressure set in. Stress hormones cause stimulation of platelets which may build up and clog arteries, raising the risk of heart attack. Stress hormones also cause the release of fat from the fat cells into the bloodstream which also causes clogging arteries.
As it is said in the proverb, "Sabar ka phal meetha hota hai" or "The fruit of patience is sweet", everyone must wait before they get any good results from any task they perform.

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Author: Swati Sarnobat16 Nov 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

A person can suffer from hypertension due to constant impatience. If a person gets impatient for every frivolous matter, then he must consult a behavior counselor or psychologist. If one feels mentally weak or ill due to impatience and anger, then he should meet a psychiatrist. They will suggest some mental workshops or assignments to be performed and they should be practiced regularly.

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