It’s a modern axiom that people who “vent” their feelings are better at dealing with crises than those who keep a stiff upper lip. But it isn’t necessarily so. In the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, researchers e-mailed more than 2,000 American adults. “If you would like,” they offered, “please share your thoughts on the shocking events of today.” A follow-up analysis, just published, reveals that those who ignored the e-mail reported better mental and physical health than those who replied.

Source: Consumer Reports onHealth