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Something Else Your Husband is Good For
Study says happily married couples have healthier hearts
-Julie Ryan Evans
Sure, the socks he piles on the floor and the milk he leaves out on the counter make your blood boil, but if, for the most part, you’re pretty happy with your husband, he may be benefiting your heart – and you his.
A recent study shows that people in happy marriages have healthier hearts than singles or those in miserable marriages. When all three groups were tracked, the blood pressure readings of the happily married couples were the lowest.
To be single is apparently better than to be in an unhappy marriage (remember that, those of you who are still searching for a mate!), as those in morose marriages had the highest blood pressure readings. And surprisingly, having supportive friends didn’t seem to affect the blood pressure of participants.
“There seem to be some unique health benefits from marriage. It’s not just being married that benefits health. What’s really the most protective of health is having a happy marriage,” said one of the study’s researchers.
He also said that “in addition to providing emotional support for each other, spouses can encourage healthy habits, such as a better diet and regular visits to the doctor.”
Darn, and I thought maybe it meant we happily married folks and our lower-blood-pressure selves could eat a bit more ice cream.