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Everything You Think You Know About Beating Stress is Wrong

  • October 23, 2011
  • 4:00 pm
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Yesterday’s Wisdom: Control your temper.
Today’s Smart Strategy
: Throw a tantrum now and then.

From the time we’re little girls, we’re taught to control our tempers, and as adults—especially women—we still believe that venting anger is unhealthy (not to mention unladylike). In fact, the opposite now appears to be true. According to a study published in Biological Psychiatry that looked at the effect of facial expressions of emotions, such as fear and indignation, on our stress responses, displaying your anger may actually cause your brain to release less cortisol, the stress hormone associated with obesity, bone loss, and heart disease. And while experts know that chronic anger contributes to hypertension and coronary disease, they’ve also found that expressing irritation in response to a short-term and unfair frustration, such as being cut off in traffic, can actually dampen the nasty effects of stress. That’s because anger confers feelings of control, counteracting the helplessness and frustration we often feel in response to perceived insults and injustices, says lead study author Jennifer Lerner, PhD.

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5:00AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

this is interestingg. and YESS CHOCOLATE. CHOCOLATE IS THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING.

9:49PM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Do Something You Love :)

3:15AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Thank you :)

4:45AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Thank you :)

3:45PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

whatever works

12:43PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:24AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

i'm feeling pretty stressed up right now :/

2:33PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

2:32PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

2:30PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

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