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Driving in Traffic is as Stressful as Jumping Out of a Plane?

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If you’re too scared to go skydiving, here’s something that might make you feel like less of a coward.  Driving during rush hour is just as good.

A new study out of MIT found that driving in bad traffic causes the same stress in your body as jumping out of an airplane.  We’re thinking it doesn’t quite give you the same adrenaline rush, of course . . . but all the stress is there.

 

 

For the study, the researchers measured people’s facial expressions, heart rate, and stress levels in different situations.  Tough driving situations and extreme sports both led to the same facial expressions and reactions in the body.

 

 

In fact, on a day-to-day basis, driving is usually the most stressful thing we do . . . more stressful than the average day of work.

 

 

The study also randomly found the least stressful thing we do on a day-to-day basis is eat breakfast.

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