Spend a lot of time arguing with friends, relatives, and spouses? Well, you could be arguing yourself into an early grave.
According to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, constant arguing, along with a person’s ability to deal with stress, increase the likelihood of a middle aged death, and the effects were most pronounced for men and people without jobs.
How big an increase? Double to triple. Data from 9,875 men and women from the ages of thirty-six to fifty-two was used; it was collected between 2001 and 2011.
Researchers aren’t exactly sure why this might be so, but past studies have found that anxiety is a risk factor for early death, and researchers also not that people with bigger social networks tend to be healthier—and personality plays a big role in creating those social networks.