According to a new study appearing in the journal Health Psychology, our reactions to stressful situations could play a major role in our longterm health.
The study measured reactions to stress and how they affected the body. It found that people who failed to maintain a positive mood during relatively minor, everyday stressors had increased levels of inflammation. It also found that women appeared to be at a greater risk for the elevated levels. Beneful reported that chronic inflammation can lead to other health problems; it can play a role in obesity, heart disease and cancer. This paper is the first to link the emotional response to stress with inflammation levels.
The study involved interviewing participants about daily stressors and emotional reactions for eight days, as well as taking blood samples to measure inflammatory markers. Stressors participants were asked about included arguments, both at home and work, and experiences of discrimination.