Many people are familiar with the fact that stress can result in physical symptoms such as an upset stomach. However, a growing body of evidence shows that negative thoughts and emotions could also have a connection to other serious health issues, such as heart disease.
Namely, negative emotions, like frustration, anger, and fear can become problematic when those emotions transform into a more permanent disposition and a habitual outlook on the world.
According to Dr. Cynthia Thaik, being around negativity could contribute to poor circulation, headaches, anxiety, stress, and high blood pressure. Negative feelings and attitudes of hopelessness and helplessness can result in chronic stress that can negatively affect your body’s hormone balance, weaken your immune system, and deplete your brain chemicals required for happiness. All of these health problems can increase your risk of stroke and heart attacks. In fact, chronic stress can significantly reduce your lifespan.
Research also suggests that a 5-minute episode of anger could impair the immune system for about 6 hours.
Repressed or poorly managed anger is also associated with many other health problems, like infection, digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure.
Research published in Neurology showed that high levels of cynicism later in life resulted in a higher likelihood of dementia. That’s not all, another study published in Circulation suggested that the most cynical participants were at a higher risk of developing heart disease compared to the least cynical participants.
Moreover, research on astrology-believing Chinese Americans found that people with “inauspicious” birthdays died sooner compared to non-Chinese Americans and non-believers that were born around the same time. So, researchers concluded that pessimism and negativity are genuine killers.
According to psychologist Elaine Hatfield, if you spend too much time with negative people around you, then you are more prone to become like them. Dr. Hatfield concluded that you could start simulating posture, facial expressions, and tone of voice of people you spend a lot of time with. Also, you may adopt their mental state.
Therefore, remove negative people from your life and stop complaining about everything. Be satisfied with what you have and don’t compare yourself to others because this is the key to long-lasting happiness.