[…] It may be that it’s not the stress from major life events like divorce, illness and job loss trickled down to everyday life that gets you; it’s how you react to the smaller, everyday stress…The most stressed-out people have the highest risk of premature death, according to one study that followed 1,293 men for years…People who always perceived their daily life to be over-the-top stressful were three times more likely to die over the period of study than people who rolled with the punches and didn’t find daily life very stressful

Some people get frantic sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, worried about being late or not being able to do what they hoped in a timely manner. Others simply take the time to sit back, listen to music and appreciate the break as some quiet time. Now, getting upset in traffic once is no big deal. But if things like that happen all the time and the response is always getting really upset, then the harmful effects of stress can become toxic….

…If you are one of those chronically upset worriers, Dr. Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, has a prescription for you…Read about his three magic pills here:

~ NPR – Patti Neighmond: Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You

Notes: Thank you Lori for the NPR article. This hit the mark.  Image Source: allpeoplecanfly



  1. I’m so over it!! (That was really a groaner – sorry, I couldn’t resist)

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  2. This is a cracking read – one unfortunately I can connect with

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  3. all true, and i tend to be an ‘enjoy the music/find the craziness in the whole situation/excited to have a chance to hear one more chapter of an audio book’ while in a traffic jam person.

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  4. My mom was a world-class worrier and lived to 89. Go figure. But she was miserable and not a little neurotic. I *gladly* sacrifice the long life business to be at peace and joyful once in a while. Exercise daily? Check. Meditation daily? Check. Breathing? Yeah, baby.

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  5. Glad that this resonated, pal. I’m thinking more bouncing in that car seat of yours while stuck in traffic could be a step in the right direction…. 😉

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    • Ah yes, my own little conscience, riding along over my right shoulder. Who needs psychiatric treatment with quality free advice coming at me every morning? Another phenomenal benefit of blogging!


  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    A while ago …. retired now. Still sometimes the cycle returns!!

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  7. I didn’t see over-happy.

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