It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, except without the punch line. What do the Roman Catholic Church, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and prominent universities have in common? Answer: They have all studies and concluded that people in good, supportive relationships live longer and better lives, look younger, and are significantly healthier than those who are single or dating in bad relationships.
Let’s review. We’ve all heard that living longer, better, healthier lives is associated with good marriages. But LOOKING YOUNGER AND BETTER? Really? Now, they have our attention. Put those wrinkle creams away; you may have found a way to hold on to your youth. Read the details in this Huffington Post article.
The catch is that none of these groups have determined a universal reason for the positive side effects of good relationships. However, there are some working theories. One is that couples in strong relationships feel calmer and more relaxed. Their cortisol levels (a stress hormone) are reduced, along with their blood pressure. Reduced blood pressure has lots of health and wellbeing benefits. They add that having similar interests as your partner insulates you from most daily struggles. Couples seek to be happy together, and they have a better quality of life. In addition, intimate friendships with your mate along with great sex within a loving, adventurous, familiar partnership is also known to improve quality of life.
Whatever the reason, if you have a positive, loving marriage with your intimate partner, and enjoy a positive sex life, you may have found the way to look and feel younger. “The happiest and healthiest couples seem to have found an ageless life in their very own version of the Fountain of Youth,” says writer Kristen Houghton.
What do you think? Are the researchers just being mean to single people by saying we married folks have health, happiness—and now youthful looks as well? Or do you think there is something to the positive side effects of having a loving mate by your side?