Want to Add Two Years to Your Life?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could add years to your lifespan just by paying close attention to the choices you make every day? While it may sound like a great concept for a movie instead of reality, it’s actually doable if you follow the advice coming from a German research study. Marcus Mund and Kristin Mitte of the University of Jena studied 6,000 patients as part of a study to see if repressing anger had any effect on longevity. What they found may surprise you and, ultimately, help you live longer.
According to the study, people who held their anger in also had elevated pulses, which can lead to all kinds of life-threatening health issues: high blood pressure, cancer and heart disease, to name a few. Conversely, people who expressed their negative emotions, from anger to anxiety to fear, can actually expect to live two years longer than those who bottle everything up inside!
Although the results of the study can hold true for both genders, researchers found that the advice was especially important to women. Through the world over, women are often the ones who are expected to hold their emotions in, and this could be damaging their health and their ability to live long, happy lives. There is even evidence that women can bring about physical symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches by holding in their anger.
While knowing that it is beneficial to your health to let anger, fear, or other negative emotions out rather than holding them in, it’s another thing to be able to do it in a healthy, life-extending way. In order to receive the benefits of knowing that it’s better to let anger out, it is important to aviod doing it by screaming, saying things you’ll regret, hitting, or throwing things. Instead:
- Become aware when you are angry.
- Talk about your negative emotions.
- Take positive action.
Even though expressing your feelings can seem like a small thing, or even a scary thing if you are not used to it, if it can add two years to your life, won’t it be worth it? Plus, being free from the worry, fear, anxiety and health problems brought about by holding in negativity can help those extra years be the best they can be!