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Thursday, October 23, 2003
Who pays for this shit? Study Shows Hostility Causes Bad Health.
Is this news? Are there truly people out there that don't already know that negative emotions are harmful to your health? Anyone who's ever been under a tremendous amount of stress and ends up with a cold knows anxiety lowers your immune system. I thought it was common knowledge that anger, stress, depression and all the other unhappy emotions, experienced in copious amounts, shorten your lifespan. There's a reason people with weak hearts are told not to get excited, and aren't even allowed on amusement park rides.
While this study does little but prove something every person should already know, it got me to thinking about negative emotions and the misconceptions we have about them.
As with every negative in this life, there is a positive side to the coin. Anger, stress, excitement, fear, etc are designed to help us. Just as pain is to stop you from breaking your own body, all of the negative emotions are there to assist you in this thing we call life. Fear can you let you know when you're in danger; it also provides you with an adrenaline rush and alert senses to get yourself out of danger. There's a reason for every one of the seemingly bad emotions. Yet in our fast-paced world, stress and anxiety are dealt with on a daily basis; they can, and do, cause harm to your overall physical health.
So while you shouldn't hope to abolish every negative emotion that you experience, you should try to experience them a lot less often. Let go of the anger that suddenly welled up at the jackass that cut you off (this is easier said than done), try to put your mega-list of To-Do items into perspective and tackle them one at a time. Most importantly, remember that life is but a drop in the bucket. You do what you can, when you can and the best that you can. That's it. Make the best of the time you have without letting the idiosyncrasies of life stop you from really living.
Anyway - just a long, pointless Thursday ramble that really made no sense. :) Hope everyone is well.