Speak Your Mind, Save Your Life


May 21, 2010

Bottling up your feelings won't help you live longer. Keeping the peace at home could leave you fighting for your life-and losing.

"Women who put a cap on their feelings during arguments with their spouses have a fourfold higher death rate from all causes than women who express their feelings during conflict," reports epidemiologist Elaine D. Eaker, ScD, who tracked the health of 1,501 married women for a decade.

Eaker, president of Eaker Epidemiology

Enterprises in Chili, WI, isn't sure why repressing these feelings can prove deadly. But there is a fix. Start by telling your husband what you've been holding back. Individual or marriage counseling can help. "It's not that these women are timid. They're trying to preserve a relationship, but they aren't preserving their lives," says Eaker.


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