Daily Stress Can Influence Long-Term Mental Health

A new study conducted by the University of California suggests that the way we manage our emotions on a daily basis can influence our overall mental health years later. Participants’ negative emotional responses to daily stressors, such as arguments or a problem at work or home, predicted psychological distress and self-reported emotional disorder 10 years later. Researchers believe a key component of the study was the ability to tap a large, national community sample of participants who spanned a wide age range. The findings show that mental health outcomes aren’t only affected by major life events, but also bear the impact of seemingly minor emotional experiences.

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