Here’s a good reason not to engage in road rage: In an eight-year American study of 670 men aged 45 to 86, researchers found that longstanding anger and hostility sped up age-related lung decline. In other words, it caused the men’s lung function to deteriorate faster than it normally would.
The researchers accounted for other factors such as smoking and education that are factors in lung health. Researchers found that anger and hostility alter neurological and hormonal processes which may negatively impact the body’s immune system and create excessive levels of inflammation.
Does that mean you shouldn’t express anger? Of course not, just find a healthy outlet for it like running, art, writing it out, or some other form of expression. Just don’t repress it or take it out on someone else.
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