Dr. Thomas Holman at the University of Washington in Seattle did a study some years ago with his colleagues. They developed a “life’s events scale” where they determined a numerical value for the different things in life that cause us stress.
The loss of a spouse = 100 pts.
Divorce = 73
Getting pregnant = 46
Even Christmas = 12 just anticipating Christmas.
They concluded that if your points equaled 300 at any given time, you would be impacted either physically or psychologically within a 2 year period. This load of stress does not dissipate.