A new study suggests that long term health is not necessarily linked to how often a person faces stressful situations, but how a person reacts to those stressful situations.

Those that maintain a calm and cheery attitude when faced with daily stressors like engaging in or avoiding arguments, and being the subject of discrimination, are less likely to face age-related health risks later in life. But those that routinely react negatively to stress may develop long term  heightened inflammatory immune responses, and are at greater risk for conditions like cardiovascular disease, frailty and cognitive decline. So the next time someone cuts you off, smile, give the thumbs up, and take comfort knowing that asshole is more likely to get heart disease than you are.

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