We’ve been developing and using The Grump Meter over the last 20+ years, working with kids and families who have experienced the damaging effects of anger—everything from difficult behavior that makes family, school, and work life hard, to dangerous behavior like bullying, fighting, cutting, or attempting suicide.
The Grump Meter helps people be aware of the changes in their moods. Here are the goals with it:
- Be aware of the color you’re on: calm blue? grumpy green? slow-down- you’re-getting-to-yellow?
- Prevent the climb to explosive red. Once you’re on red, all you can really do is weather the storm. And the storm can end up hurting somebody or something, and can leave terrible feelings inside.
- Notice when you’re climbing up the Grump Meter. Sometimes people go from blue to red so fast that they don’t even realize they’ve been getting angry. If you can see that you’re going from blue to green to yellow, you have time to do what it takes to calm yourself down.
Start using the Grump Meter. Write us with any questions or comments you have. We’ll respond. Stay tuned.