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Why Minding Your Own Business is Healthy


blackeyepunchA study must show that minding your own business is good for your health.

I don’t know if there is scientific evidence to back up this theory of mine, but I’m sure at one point there was a study conducted about this. There are studies done about everything.

Through an unrelated series of events, it has become clear that minding your own business is a healthy habit. I have great personal evidence to back this up. Here goes.

Minding your own business reduces stress in your life. If you spend time meddling in other peoples’ affairs you are bound to hear bits of information that will add stress to your body. You may find out that a colleague of yours, whom you happen to adore, is getting fired. You might be gossiping about someone and they overhear what you have to say. You could think you know what’s going on in a situation but actually have no clue about what is really happening. All of these situations lead to added stress.

Stress is a killer. It raises blood pressure and causes an array of health issues from heart attacks to strokes. This is scientifically proven. Google it.

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Another reason why minding your own business is good for your health is that it keeps you focused on your job. If you are so busy wondering what everyone is doing and trying to gossip and meddle in others’ affairs, you are bound to be slacking at work. This could lead to you getting fired which could lead to eating off the dollar menu at McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not a healthy lifestyle. Did you ever see Super Size Me?

If you are a gossiper, like to antagonize people, or find yourself always in the middle of confrontations, then you probably don’t have very many friends. Generally, people don’t like people who are mean and nasty. And the friends you do have are probably not your true friends. Having meaningful and lasting friendships is very important to your health. Friends usually spend a lot of their time laughing, which lowers stress and actually has been proven to help you live longer.

Probably the most obvious reason for why minding your own business is good for your health is that it will keep you from getting punched in the face. I’m not one to pry into the lives of my fellow people, so I can’t speak from personal experience. But I have witnessed first hand many brutal fights in which someone got punched in the nose, eye, groin and even kidney for running their mouth and talking smack. Now, some people don’t hit very hard. It’s just not part of their DNA. But, I know there are plenty of people out there who can pack a Mike-Tyson-sized-wallop on whatever area of the body they choose.

Getting punched is no fun. So mind your own business, do your job, don’t eat McDonalds three times a day and be sure to drink lots of water. You’ll be way ahead of the rest of the world!

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About the Author

Elizabeth Perez is a freelance writer and blogger living in the Tampa Bay area. She holds a bachelor’s degree is mass communications from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Currently, she works for a non-profit where she writes press releases and web content. Follow her blog and see recent work at her website, WhosGotAPen.com.

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  1. DavidNo Gravatar says:

    It is definitely nice not to get caught in other peoples business in a negative way. I’ve found if there isn’t something positive to add it’s better to stay away from other people’s business.

  2. RynoNo Gravatar says:

    Oh this is so very true , however most people just cannot control themselves in being in the face of others..and its these people that need this help.

  3. JustinNo Gravatar says:

    I have to say that after serving in the military for a few years but having a part time job on the side, I definitely see the benefits of minding your own business.

    Besides the things you pointed out, there’s a HUGE one that can benefit our health- FREEDOM!

    The freedom to go workout when I want, or drive to that healthier restaurant, even if it’s a little further than McDonalds.

    Nice post Elizabeth!

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