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To Quit or Not to Quit. That is the Question. April 21, 2009

Filed under: Inspiration — Jessi @ 10:31 am

j9o7i5p_largeI was reading an article in O Magazine, and it suggested that throwing in the towel is not always a bad thing. I think a quitter definitely wrote this article! Researchers say that people who throw in the towel have less health and stress related problems than those who resist quitting. I must be the healthiest person in the world then! LOL  I can see the logic in this article, but is this just encouraging us to give up and not go for our dreams? You decide.

Below is an excerpt from the article. Click here to read the full article.

[Recently, psychologists Gregory Miller and Carsten Wrosch set out to investigate the mental and physical health of people who resist quitting, and of those who throw in the towel when facing unattainable goals. The second group—the quitters—were healthier than their persistent peers on almost every variable. They suffered fewer health problems, from digestive trouble to rashes, and showed fewer signs of psychological stress.

In another study, which followed a group of teenagers for a year, subjects who quit easily had much lower levels of a protein linked to inflammation than did their more tenacious peers. This made them less likely to develop many debilitating illnesses later in life.

The mechanism that helps people quit appropriately, Miller and Wrosch discovered, was not wisdom but dejection. People who are trying in vain eventually get depressed about their ongoing failure, and those who respond to this depression by quitting when it first appears enjoy all kinds of benefits.]

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