In fights, some women tend to scream and cry and carry on. We always thought this was obnoxious and unseemly and a sign they needed drugs. But it turns out it could be saving their lives!

In men, keeping quiet during a fight didn't have any measurable effect on health. But women who didn't speak their minds in those fights were four times as likely to die during the 10-year study period as women who always told their husbands how they felt, according to the July report in Psychosomatic Medicine.

Now, we've never been married, but assuming this same fact applies to the numerous friends with whom we conduct polygamous de facto friendship marriages, is our tendency to basically ignore small annoyances and avoiding loudness of speech at pretty much all costs going to send us into cardiac arrest?

Oh whatever the cirrhosis will probably get to us first.

Marital Spats: Taken To Heart [NY Times]