Frequent arguments/conflicts with anyone in the social circle — ranging from partners and relatives to friends and neighbors — were associated with a doubling to tripling in the risk of death from any cause compared with participants who said these incidents were rare.
Being out of work seemed to amplify the negative impact of social relationship stressors. Those who were unemployed were at significantly greater risk of death from any cause than those who were exposed to similar stressors but had a job.
And men seemed to be particularly vulnerable to the worries and demands generated by their female partners, with a higher risk of death than that normally associated with being a man or with this particular relationship stressor. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. What are the predominant stressors in your character’s life? How does his or her body react to them? How  is this reflected in their life?

Journaling Prompt: What is the most common stressor in your life? Write about how you cope with it.

Art Prompt: Stress and death

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the health effects of stress and give them strategies to deal with it.

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