…find the nearest gym and hop on a rowing machine (at lunch or after work). According to research from psychology professor, Brad Bushman at Ohio State University, just 5 minutes on a rowing machine can reduce feelings of aggression caused by criticism. And it works a lot better than taking out your anger on a punching bag. Doing that fuels aggressive feelings, and Bushman’s research found people got angrier! Because aggressive moves make people feel more aggressive. But on a rowing machine, you’re using your entire body – and rowing at a moderate pace of 7 miles per hour relaxes muscles in a way that counteracts the tension caused by anger.