The science may be wrong and I laughed when I read it, but even 104 years ago they knew that “worry” eventually takes its toll. The following is excerpted from the chapter called WORRY in a little treasure of a book I inherited, A Physician in the House by Joseph Greer, M.D., published 1915: “According to the rule of four W’s – worry wears worse than work – thousands have gone to early deaths for no other cause than that they were worried to death… Any continuous line of thought upon one subject is most decidedly injurious; very similar to the continuous use of one set of muscles, only in thought there is no relief. It is the strain involved by concentrating thought upon one idea which wears out the nerve cells involved.”
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