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Always distressed oversomething, Sky is falling,Worry ..worry ...worry that everything is spinning out of control ...

If so ... Could be one "Thump" away from "The Big One" ( and we ain't talk'n Bill Clinton)


Long-term studies by Johan Denollet, a psychologist at Tilberg University in the Netherlands, have identified a group of people who consciously suppress the high degree of emotional distress they experience in life. Because these Type D (distressed) personalities are pessimistic worriers who are uncomfortable being around other people, they rarely get the relief that emotional connectedness can bring.


The Dutch researchers tracked the health of subjects classified as Type D's to compare them to other patients who'd enrolled in a cardiac rehabilitation program. After eight years, 27 percent of the Type D's had died, most from heart attacks or strokes, compared to only 7 percent of the non-Type D's.


Type D has replaced the Type A for being known as the deadly personality type. Back in the 1950s the theory was that the hard-driving, ambitious Type A's were at greater health risk than the more relaxed, noncompetitive Type B's. But decades of research found no correlation between Type A's and heart disease.


http://www.hometownannapolis.com/cgi-bin/read/2006/01_29-04/LIF


So, per the above article ... you had best rush off to the web site

http://www.achievinghappiness.com/

Where you can learn about

Feeling positive emotions about the past, present and future by transforming your negative emotions into forgiveness, optimism, pleasure and gratification.



Ohhhh ... Forget that .... I just read the next page ... Conservatives only ...


A scientific basis for understanding and elevating happiness:


H = S + E + I
H is your enduring level of happiness

S represents your inherited set range of responsiveness

E encompasses the external circumstances of your life:

Working in a wealthy democracy
Being married
Avoiding negative events and emotions
Acquiring a rich social network
Being religious/spiritual
Having a mentor
I involves the internal factors under your voluntary control:

Positive view of the past
Optimism about the future
Satisfaction regarding the present
Commitment to good character
Utilization of signature strengths in work, love, play and purpose
Contributions to a higher purpose

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