Happy Spouse, Healthy You

October 6, 2016 in LifeCare Health Services


The old saying “happy wife, happy life” has been confirmed by a recent study in the journal Health Psychology. The same can also be said for husbands. The research shows that having a happy spouse is good for your health.


The study included nearly 2,000 couples between the ages of 50 and 94. Data was collected and analyzed from the couples about their happiness, health, and exercise levels over a period of six years. Those with happy spouses were much more likely to report better health during that time. This association was the same for both husbands and wives.


Researchers say happy spouses are more likely to provide strong social supports and are also more likely to get their partners involved in healthy habits such as eating well, regular exercise, and getting adequate amounts of sleep…not to mention a happy spouse makes life easier!


Source: Chopik W, O’Brien E. Happy you, healthy me? Having a happy partner is independently associated with better health in oneself. Health Psychology, Sept 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hea0000432


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