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A Healthy Marriage Equals a Healthy Heart

Kinda like Cheerios.

I’ve always been a pretty big (huge) proponent of marriage, probably because I consider mine happy and healthy. And I know, I’ve commented on the topic of health and marriage (and how they’re linked) before, but a new study by the University of Rochester actually proves what William Farr couldn’t completely: that being in a happy marriage actually leads to a healthier life.

Better yet, it especially helped all my ladies out there. If you’re satisfied with your marriage, expect to live longer. Okay, maybe I’m taking it too far, but the study actually says that the effect of marital satisfaction is “every bit as important to survival after bypass surgery as more traditional risk factors like tobacco use, obesity, and high blood pressure.”

I know, I just threw bypass surgery in there -- turns out, the study was performed on over 200 married and unmarried men and women who had gotten bypass surgeries. Well get this: those in the group who were married were a whopping three times more likely to be alive 15 years later. Even better though, “Of the happily married women, 83 percent were alive, compared to 28 percent of unhappily wedded women and 27 percent of singles.”

How did marital status affect the guys in the study? The guys actually reaped the health benefits of being married regardless of the happiness factor. Personally, I don’t think this is fair. And I’m not quite sure how that makes sense, but the results are interesting and really make me question: if a happy marriage is so strong and potent for people coming out of major surgeries, imagine what it can do for everyday couples. Basically, I’m gonna live until I’m 100. That’s about where Jack and I are aiming.

If this doesn’t give you incentive to work on your marriage (and even your sex life, then I don’t know what would! What about you guys? Are these findings kinda shocking/exciting to you too?

-- Holly

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