Professor Richard Lopez. Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
After losing a loved one, it’s healthier to freely express your emotions, a new study indicates. Researchers surveyed 99 grieving spouses to assess how they were coping with the loss, then tested their blood for inflammatory markers called cytokines. The researchers determined that people who generally avoided expressing their emotions suffered more bodily inflammation, which is linked to a host of negative health conditions, than those who expressed their emotions freely.