5 Surprising health benefits of being in a happy relationship

Aug 23, 2019
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Finding “the one” isn’t just emotionally fulfilling, but physically rewarding as well. Studies from several top universities like Stanford and the University of Chicago have found that individuals in happy relationships tend to be physically healthier. The advantages range from the expected—like lowered stress levels—to the more surprising—such as preventing heart attacks. The continuous study of relationships and their effect on an individual’s well-being will undoubtedly uncover more in the future. But even the ones we have right now are already quite amazing:

Live Longer And Age Better

It may come as no surprise that people in healthy, happy relationships have been known to live longer on average. Having someone who looks after your well-being is obviously good for your health. Whether it’s merely reminding you to take your daily vitamins or forcing you to go to the doctor when you’re not feeling well, having a companion around who is invested in your health as much as you should be can be the difference between discovering you’re sick and preventing it from happening.

Better Sleep

A study from the University of Pittsburgh has discovered that individuals who sleep beside their partners tend to get better quality shut-eye. According to Wendy Troxel, an assistant professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, sleeping beside your partner makes you feel safer, which in turn lowers your cortisol levels that cause stress, as well as cytokines which cause inflammation. Of course, this may not always be the case if your partner snores too loud that you can’t get any sleep—but you get the idea.

Stronger Bones

The positive support structure provided by a partner is given new meaning in a study published in the journal Osteoporosis International. According to research, men and women who are in stable relationships not only get the benefit of emotional support but exhibit better lumbar spine condition as well.

Prevent A Heart Attack

If being in a good relationship makes you feel like your heart is full, it may be because it actually is healthier. A study conducted by the NYU Langone Medical center compared the records of about 3.5 million people and observed that those in a healthy relationship were 5% less likely to develop heart disease. It also noted that these people were in a better position to create healthy habits that last longer.

Increased Oxytocin levels

Often called the love hormone, oxytocin increases during intimate acts like hugging and orgasm. But more than just a sexy substance, Oxytocin is known to prevent ailments like depression, anxiety, and even intestinal problems.

Couples with a healthy sex life have been observed to be healthier overall. Unfortunately, the National and Social Life Survey has discovered that sexual dysfunction happens in about 31% of males and 43% in females. As more and more studies discover the connection between a healthy sex life to a happy relationship, the need to address this is all the more important.

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