OpinionHaving strong opinions is bad for your health.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2010-03-13 at 17:41:54   (7 comments)

On 2010-03-13 at 17:43:55, Lee J Haywood wrote...
On the one hand, if you get angry/upset about something and get to express yourself then you may benefit from an increased heart rate... but on the other hand being exposed to stress hormones will shorten your lifespan. Which wins out in the long term if you are very opinionated, or alternatively if you are very laid-back?
On 2010-03-13 at 21:22:27, BorgClown wrote...
I'd say the workout doesn't count if you get it from psychological stress.
On 2010-03-14 at 20:50:32, Thelevellers wrote...
I think it is good to be able to vent when you get angry about a subject, but even so you will surely have all the bad side of the stress hormones, so overall I would think it is unhealthy. That said, people need to have strong opinions so that things happen, knowledge is progressed and all that jazz. Also, as with most unhealthy stuff, it can be really good fun arguing! I had a seeing red moment with a tutor the other day: I overheard him say "...scientists are all dogmatic anyway..." in a really 'well duh' tone, and (apparently) I went bright red, got really angry, and had to have my say... It led to a really interesting discussion with the guy! I think I had actually misheard at the start, or missed out on the context, but I'm glad I did, cause it was great fun! I think my blood pressure went through the roof, however!
On 2010-03-15 at 20:08:12, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The point is that if you don't have strong opinions then you won't have anything to vent in the first place. If you're un-opinionated, surely you'll be better off health-wise? If you have a debate that ends up being enjoyable you'll perhaps both increase your lifespan and shorten it at the same time. For example, it may be that you can eat whatever you like (however unhealthy) so long as you enjoy yourself doing it - the stress of monitoring what you eat shortens your life more than the ('bad') food itself.
On 2010-03-15 at 20:24:05, Thelevellers wrote...
I think many things come under 'good and bad' - I'm sure I've heard sex can give you cancer, and extend your life, so there's another! :P I'm definitely a firm believer in not watching your food too studiously - the amount of stress and worry people go through to lose weight/be healthy is surely bad for them in the long run! Finding some form of exercise that you enjoy is far better (or even just getting a job that makes you move around - I read an article about how people sometimes do more exercise than they think as they don;t count 'work' as exercise!). As for being un-opinionated, I think it probably is better for your health. But would surely be REALLY boring? I think all the things I enjoy a lot I have a strong opinion about - indeed, I expect the two are connected! I would hate not to be passionate about anything, indeed I think it would depress me, which is in itself unhealthy...
On 2010-03-18 at 03:12:51, Melchior wrote...
There is a simple way to test this statement - see if Charlie Brooker dies before, I dunno, Melinda Messenger?
On 2010-03-18 at 20:32:42, Thelevellers wrote...
Lol! That could work, but Charlton might get shot, which would nullify the results. (Maybe - being shot for your opinions is of course the ultimate demonstration of them being bad for your health...)