4 Ways Marriage is Good for Your Health
Posted on 2nd Oct 2017 @ 7:26 AM
Being in a happy relationship has plenty of perks whether you and your partner are in a short or long-term relationship. From improved happiness to reduced stress, healthy relationships and coupling up can make you happier and healthier. When it comes to marriage, research suggests that marriage can replicate positive effects to your health due to the love from your partner and the support from your network and family. Here are a few reasons why marriage can be good for you and your partner if that is something you both are considering:
Good for your heart
According to research from the Aston Medical School and the University of East Anglia, married couples were 14% less likely to die after a heart attack than single people. While it’s not completely clear why married people are more likely to survive, factors such as physical and emotional support from the event can contribute to the chances of survival.
When in a happy committed relationship, it is suggested that marriage could help reduce disease-risk factors such as high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Research suggests that getting married can help against heart attack disease risk factors, which includes high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Theory has it, that when you’re in a committed relationship, you take fewer risks in order to stay around for your loved one. Not only do you have someone else to think about, but they will also encourage and advise you on better ways to take care of yourself.
It makes you happy
Couples in a happy marriage are known to promote a decrease in depression, this could be due to having someone around that you trust and rely on. You can openly talk about your problems with this person, and in turn they may offer a solution, or comfort. Published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, researchers found that married couples also had lower levels of stress hormone cortisols compared to their single counterparts. Prolonged stress not only interfered with the body’s ability to regulate inflammation, it also helped promote the development and progression of many other diseases. Data from this study provide important insight into the belief that intimate social relationships can get under the skin and positively impact influence to our health.
Maintain a healthy weight
If for health reasons, you have been given a strict diet to follow, your spouse can help motivate you to stay on track. This not only helps give you the emotional support that you need, it can help minimise your cravings which can help curb your appetite and limit any progress that you might have made.
Improve body image
Attraction is an important attribute when choosing a partner, so finding yourself a long-term partner who accepts you for you, will naturally enhance your confidence. When it comes to trying to attain a more positive body image, compliments from your partner are a great way to improve this. Hearing that your partner wants to dedicate themselves to you and loves you for who you are, is a great booster for body image. Positive body image also increases sexual intimacy, you feel better in yourself and your partner will love your confidence. Try spicing things up even more with KY® Yours+Mine® Couples Lubricant®.