Yesterday the folks at Queendom.com released results of a study showing how happy people handle stressful situations. How do people who are genuinely happy cope with stressful times?
Okay, so you might be rolling your eyes right now, but bear with me. This, my friends, is fascinating.
Here’s why. Managing stress is not only important for our emotional health but it is vital for our physical health as well. During times of stress, any (or all) of the following may occur: increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, changes in breathing patterns, tense muscles, disrupted sleep patterns, weakened digestive system, and lower immune system resistance. The effects of stress can takes a serious toll on one’s health, so understanding resiliency and coping techniques might enable us to keep people not only happier, but physically healthier too.
So, why do happier people show more resilience in stressful times while others have more difficulty? The Queendom.com study looked at 1,434 people who are very happy with their life and found five common factors in coping with stress:
Here is my take on the study. Though it is certainly interesting, this research looks at one side of the happiness coin but has yet to study the other side. When we find out for certain that unhappy people do not utilize these five coping techniques, then I will be more likely to buy into the data.
However, as a parent one of my jobs is to teach my children how to handle disappointment and stress. If more research confirms these techniques, it may provide a strong guideline for parents who want to help their kids learn to manage stressful situations with ease.
By the way, if you are interested in seeing their Coping & Stress Management Skills Test, it can be found at: http://www.queendom.com/tests/take_test.php?idRegTest=3106.
How do you cope with stress?