People who have happy spouses Live longer, so choose well.

Happy wife, happy life’ is a phrase many men live by but new research suggests it should be rejigged to ‘happy wife, long life’.

A study found participants who were happy in their marriage were less likely to die within an eight-year period.

Researchers believe those who are content with their other half are more motivated to lead an active lifestyle.

But living with someone who is ‘depressed and wants to spend the evening away from you” leads the other half into unhealthy deadly habits.

Proven data shows that spousal life satisfaction was associated with mortality, regardless of individuals’ socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, or their physical health status,’

 

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‘The findings indicate the role of individuals’ immediate social environment in their health outcomes and outlook on life

participants were asked to rate how much they agreed with statements like ‘I am satisfied with my life’ on a scale of one-to-ten. Over 60% of those who claimed they were not happy died over the next six years.

They also ranked how much they can open up to their partner and rely on them on a scale of one-to-four.  The 60% who said they were unhappy with life also fell under this catergory.

The partners of the deceased were also more likely to report low life satisfaction and die themselves over the next eight-year period.

And those who were happy in their relationship were more likely to be active, which may explain their lower risk of a premature death.

‘If your partner is depressed and wants to spend the evening eating unhealthy food like chips in front of the TV – that’s how your evening will probably end up looking, as well,’ an expert Dr Stavrova said.

The researchers believe the study could help people in choosing what they look for in a significant other.

‘This research might have implications for questions such as what attributes we should pay attention to when selecting our spouse or partner’ Dr Stavrova said.

‘And whether healthy lifestyle recommendations should target couples (or households) rather than individuals.’

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