We tend to think if we're going through a particularly tough time, we're less able to cope with day-to-day bothers like traffic jams or noisy neighbors.
A new study seems to suggest the opposite, though. Going through something major--be it a wedding or loss--seems to make people more resilient when faced with everyday problems (like that traffic jam), according to a study from North Carolina State University.
The researchers studied 45 older adults over 60 years old, and asked them if they'd gone through a big upheaval in the past year. Then they had them record their day-to-day stress over eight days, and rate their well-being by describing how old they felt--and how old they thought they looked.
Why those markers? As the study's author, Jennifer Bellingtier, a Ph.D. candidate, told Time.com: “When you feel younger you have better mental health, tend to live longer, and have better well being.”
And in fact, those who had gone through a bad patch and then rated their daily upsets seemed to feel 20 years younger than those who'd had a pretty uneventful year. The takeaway: Embrace major changes. They'll help you face the daily grind in a better state of mind.
via EurekAlert! and Time.com
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