Couples share healthy or unhealthy habits
Love may be blind, but even blindfolded we often chose partners with similar habits and lifestyles as our own. Building on this theory, a Norwegian study found that a person’s choice of partner has a significant impact on the health of both people in the relationship. Why? They feed off of one another’s healthy or unhealthy habits.
Many studies have shown that the more education a person has, the healthier they are likely to be in adulthood. And, whether they know it or not, people tend to choose partners with a similar level of education and socio-economic background as their own. This study, rather than simply looking at individual health, concludes that those two factors often mean that members of a couple will often emulate each other’s healthy or unhealthy habits.
So, according to the research, two people with unhealthy lifestyles individually are more likely to remain unhealthy as a couple and two people with healthy habits will likely be a healthier couple.