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Recent research is suggesting that having a happy spouse may actually help people live a healthier life. Recent research is suggesting that having a happy spouse may actually help people live a healthier life.
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We’ve all heard the saying ‘happy wife, happy life.’ Recent research is suggesting that having a happy spouse may actually help people live a healthier life.

Wellness expert, Michael Roizen, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic said that happy marriages and health go together, because after all the closest friendship we have is, in fact, our spouse.  “Happiness and marriage are all incredibly important, they’re essentially ways of ablating the stress effect,” said Dr. Roizen.  

The research looked at 1,981 couples between the ages of 50 and 94 and found that people who reported having happy spouses also reported having better health.  Experts believe that the association between a happy spouse and a healthy life is that happy spouses are more likely to provide social support and are more likely to get their partners involved in regular exercise, healthy eating and getting enough sleep.

Dr. Roizen said that previous studies have shown that men over the age of 50 who are happily married age between three and eight years less than men who aren’t married. Likewise, he said happily married women age two years less than those who are not married.

Dr. Roizen said that it’s probably not so much the actual marriage alone that should get all the Credit.  He says that anyone, married or not, is likely to pick up on the habits of those they spend the most time with and are the closest to.

“The associations, if you have friends who are happy, if you have friends who have happy marriages, you’re much more likely to have a happy marriage; you’re much more likely to have friends who do the same activity,” said Dr. Roizen.

Dr. Roizen said it’s key for people to seek out those who can help them manage their stress, whether it’s a spouse or a close group of friends.  “One of the great secrets for all of health, is surround yourself with other people who do healthy things,” said Dr. Roizen.

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