A recent study claims that getting angry could increase one’s life-span. Hot-tempered Italians and Spaniards live almost two years more than their stiff-upper lipped English counterparts.
According to the findings of the study conducted by researchers at the University of Jena in Germany, being fiery and expressing anger or negative emotions is the key for long-lasting good health.
During the study, almost 6,000 patients were assessed and it was found that people who internalized their anxiety suffered from rapid pulse rate. Left unattended, this increase in pulse rate will result in risk of developing high blood pressure and an increase in the risk of developing a wide range of illnesses like coronary heart disease, cancer or kidney damage.
Researchers identified o group of such 'repressors' who were at a risk of developing any of the serious illnesses caused due to suppressing their anxiety levels.
Researcher Marcus Mund said that these people were easily distinguished by the way in which they attempted to conceal their sense of fear outwardly and also by their defensive attitude.These people would typically avoid risks and always want to have a high level of control over themselves and their surroundings. Typically, these people would show signs of increase in heart rate or pulse-ratio when exposed to some stressful task as compared to non-repressors. They would also exhibit other objective signs of anxiety and stress.
Mund said that although these people were at a higher risk of developing certain serious illnesses, they are more likely to recover from a range of conditions faster than non-repressors.