If your significant other is habitually happy……it might be good for your health! That’s according to a new study by the American Psychological Association.
People whose spouses are happier are probably also in better shape, even independently of their own happiness. In fact, the study’s data suggests that people with a happy partner are 34% more likely to be healthy than those married to a downer.
According to MedicalDaily.com, “…happy partners provide stronger social support, such as caretaking, compared to unhappy counterparts who are more likely to be focused on their own problems and stress. Additionally, it was revealed that cheerful spouses have the potential to get unhappy people involved with activities and environments that promote good health — including maintaining regular sleep cycles, eating nutritious food, and exercising.
The New York Times quoted the study’s lead author, William J. Chopik, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University, as saying –
“This speaks to the power of our close relationships. 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.”
Researchers at Michigan State University analyzed survey data from almost 2,000 heterosexual couples, a nationwide sample of Americans over 50 whose happiness had been assessed periodically over the past 24 years. Participants also rated their own happiness and life satisfaction by completing regular questionnaires. The results showed no difference between husbands and wives; the results applied regardless of gender.
So, if your partner is unwaveringly upbeat – don’t worry, be happy….and healthy! Share your thoughts on this new study….we’d love to hear what you think. Generating meaningful conversations around the health stories that are making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!