Want to hear a secret? Are you sure? It might kill you!
"A heavy burden. A weight on my shoulders." The metaphors we use to describe secrets are dead-on. Columbia University research reveals that people who keep something under wraps find everyday tasks, like lugging groceries upstairs, physically harder. "The size of the secret does not matter," explains study author Michael Slepian. Ph.D., "What matters is how preoccupied you are with it." In other words, sealing your lips about small stuff say a concealed crush, can feel as oppressive as lugging around a doozy if you obsess about it 24-7. And bearing that load can cause some pretty hefty health effects. For starters, it can jack up your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, too much of which is linked to memory loss, a messed up metabolism, and high blood pressure. You may also fall into a funk: Even if you think that keeping things close to your chest is no big deal some people are just more private than others, right, research shows secrets can leave people moody and lonely. Not only can your relationships with family and friends suffer, but the damage also can seep into your work life, even when the secret has nothing to do with your job. (Women's Health)