Previous research indicates that mental well-being is closely associated with good physical health. The study found that a happy spouse leads to improved health.
The new study suggests that the happiness of one’s husband or wife is linked to physical health.
People who had an unhappy partner were found to have more physical impairments, got less exercise and rated their overall health poorly.
A happy spouse was found to provide social support and encouragement to eat a healthful diet and get exercise.
“This speaks to the power of our close relationships,” Dr. Chopik continued. “We’ve known for a long time that when we surround ourselves with happy people, we’re happier. But now we know that it not only makes us happier, but healthier as well.”
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