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Mental/Physical Health Tradeoff

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    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100518121637.htm

    This is a fascinating way to look at these bad habits, I did always think of those habits as a kind of self medication. It's interesting that under chronic stress we favour preserving mental health ahead of long term physical health. I suppose in the past stressful events were usually temporary whereas now stress can be chronic or even life long.
     
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    It's also interesting that by improving physical health one can improve mental health as well. People who are physically active release endorphins which help maintain mental health balance. Possibly, bad habits are easier to maintain then an exercise regime (especially as one gets older) which is why people choose to participate in them.
     
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