Stress and anger put you at a higher risk for heart dis­ease.

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True. And there’s a long list of rea­sons why that could be enough to con­vince you to take up yoga or down­load a med­i­ta­tion app. Peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­ence reg­u­lar stress or anger may not ex­er­cise as much, might smoke and tend to eat more, Blankstein ex­plains. In ad­di­tion, in­creased anger and stress have both been found to cause el­e­vated amounts of the hor­mone cor­ti­sol, which can in­crease the level of in­flam­ma­tion in our bod­ies. (And re­search has linked in­flam­ma­tion to heart dis­ease.) Fi­nally, stress is also as­so­ci­ated with in­creased platelet ac­ti­va­tion, which can make you pre­dis­posed to blood clots, says Blankstein.

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