Do you keep secrets? Are you sure? Do you have any big ones locked away, elephants you’ve hidden so well that you don’t even see them any more?
Well, if you do, you’ve probably got a harder life. The physical and metaphorical hills in front of you likely seem longer and steeper, harder to climb.
Scientists have discovered that people keeping big secrets about things such as infidelity or sexual orientation rate hills as steeper and perceive targets as further out in the distance.
Keeping a secret is like keeping a weight on your back or otherwise being burdened, as earlier studies showed that people who are physically weighted down perceive similar things too.