According to a recent study, hating is bad for your health! Dr. Charles Raison, associate professor of psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine and CNNHealth’s Mental Health expert doctor states “bitterness is a nasty solvent that erodes every good thing”. So ask yourself one question, do you have hate in your blood? If so, you may be causing more harm to yourself than good.
Raison reasons that in feeling persistently resentful toward other people — the boss who told you to chuck the deuces, the girl that cheated on you, the person you envy for whatever reason — this can affect your physical health.
In fact, the negative power of feeling bitter is so strong that the authors call for the creation of a new diagnosis called PTED, or post-traumatic embitterment disorder, to describe people who can’t forgive others’ transgressions against them.
Studies have shown that bitter, angry people have higher blood pressure and heart rate and are more likely to die of heart disease and other illnesses.
Raison states when we feel negatively towards someone, our bodies instinctively prepare to fight that person, which leads to changes such as an increase in blood pressure.
The CNN report gives 5 ways to deal with resentment towards others in order to save your health:
1. Gripe for a while
2. Watch the news
3. Consider confronting the person who’s hurt you
4. Realize you’re only harming yourself
5. Consider the other person’s mental state
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