If Your Spouse Is Happy, You’re Healthier
Middle-aged and older adults who have a happy spouse are more likely to be healthy, according to a recent study. Interestingly, this health benefit also holds true regardless of the person’s own happiness.
While previous research has shown a link between health and happiness, this new study explored the health effects of personal relationships. The study involved 1,981 heterosexual couples between the ages of 50 and 94 and looked at happiness, health, and physical activity over six years. During the course of the study, both men and women with happy spouses reported better health, whether they themselves were happy or not.
According to researchers, there may be a number of reasons for this. Happy spouses are more likely to provide social support and caregiving to their partners. Happy spouses may provide a healthier environment—ensuring adequate sleep, healthy diet, regular exercise—and draw their partner into healthy activities. And simply: Living with a happy spouse is easier overall, than living with an unhappy partner.
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