We know that grief can affect our emotional health – but did you know that it may also have profound physical effects?
A recent study led by Murray Mittleman, MD, at the Harvard School of Public Health found that the risk of heart attack may increase dramatically after the loss of a loved one.
The day after the death of someone close to them, patients who had already survived one heart attack were 2100% more likely to have a second heart attack than those who had not experienced this loss.
Of course, the chances aren’t as high for someone who has never had a heart attack before, but the risk still increases.
The link between major grief and serious illness might not be all that surprising, but even small day-to-day griefs and disappointments can take a toll.
Knowing how to respond instead of react to the hurts and disappointments we encounter in daily life may help to reduce their harmful effect on our mind and body.
We’ve created a short 3 minute video with Stephen and Ondrea Levine, sharing their wisdom on how these “little griefs” can weigh us down – and how learning to let go can allow us to live a more fulfilling life.
Have you witnessed the physical effects of “little griefs”? Please leave a comment below.