Feeling Stressed? Relax. No, Seriously—It Could Kill You

We all know that stress isn’t good for us. But when we think (and talk) about stress, we usually mean big things—an ugly divorce, long stretches of unemployment, caring for a sick loved one for an extended period of time, and so on.

Stress contributes to anxiety and depression and can increase the risk of having a heart attack and keep your immune system from doing its job. But researchers are finding out that the damage caused by stress is less about the stress itself and more about how we react to it—even if it’s just the daily bumps in the road we all deal with: pending deadlines, getting cut off in traffic, annoying chores, or fights with your boss or your spouse.

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Cure for the common cold? Have kids!

Seems like every two weeks there’s a new study about how having kids affects parents. Some say it makes us happy, while others say it depresses us. Some say it extends our lifeapan, while others say it shortens us. Well, now there’s another piece of the puzzle.

According to new research, being a parent may make us healthier by reducing our risk of catching a cold by more than 50 percent.
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