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The ULTIMATE Health Boost – The #1 Trick That Only Works for Couples!

By on October 11, 2016
The key to better health largely relies on your physical activity and what you eat. But now there may be an even more important factor.

According to a new study published in the journal Health Psychology, middle-aged adults who had a happy spouse were more likely to report being healthier, suggesting that happiness and health are deeply connected. These findings were consistent among couples of different races, though no data on homosexual couples were collected.

William Chopik, Ph.D., who led the research, now says happiness is important for sustaining a healthy relationship.

“This finding significantly broadens assumptions about the relationship between happiness and health, suggesting a unique social link,” says Chopik, a current Michigan State University Assistant Professor of Psychology. “Simply having a happy partner may enhance health as much as striving to be happy oneself.”

The Research

For the study, researchers recruited 1,981 middle-aged heterosexual couples of different races, including whites, Latinos, and African-Americans. However, no homosexual couples were used for the research. To gauge their overall health, researchers asked them certain questions about their physical health, such as if they were physically impaired, had a chronic illness, or stayed physically active. They also asked them to rate their happiness and life satisfaction.

Comparing the male and female responses from these couples, they noticed a peculiar trend: Those who reported happy spouses were healthier overall. As for the reason why, Chopik says these are possible reasons:

  • Happier partners provide a better social support system. They’re more likely to take better care of their spouses when they feel physically or mentally unwell, compared to unhappy spouses, who may be focused on their own well being.
  • They’re more likely to engage in healthy activities. This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and having a healthy sleep schedule. Unhappy or depressed people usually cannot maintain these habits as easily.
  • Being around a happy person is an instant mood boost. Even if their partner may not help them out in any measurable physical or mental ways, the positivity they bring may be good for their partner’s overall well being.

Regardless of why it works, however, researchers know this: Having a happy spouse matters if you want to be healthy.

“Simply knowing that one’s partner is satisfied with his or her individual circumstances may temper a person’s need to seek self-destructive outlets, such as drinking or drugs, and may more generally offer contentment in ways that afford health benefits down the road,” says Chopik.

So if you’re not feeling as healthy, try working on making you–and your spouse–happy. Chances are if they’re not happy, your health will be the first to suffer.

Readers: How do you and your spouse stay healthy?

Sources:
Having a Happy Spouse Could Be Good For Your HealthScienceDaily.com
Happy You, Healthy Me? Having a Happy Partner is Independently Associated With Better Health (Study)APA.org

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