“simply having a happy partner may enhance health as much as striving to be happy oneself”
~ Chopic & O’Brien ~
This week a paper was published by William Chopik (MSU) and Ed O’Brien (UoC) about the connection between one’s health and the happiness of their romantic partner. The results of this study found that “participants with happy partners were significantly more likely to report better health, experience less physical impairment, and exercise more frequently than participants with unhappy partners, even after accounting for the impact of their own happiness and other life circumstances“.
Some people might find the results of this study to be true of their own relationship. I know from my own marriage experience that when everything is in balance, both partners are happy and satisfied with their life together and enjoy good health. The couple becomes like a well oiled machine in sharing the daily chores of life; raising children along with all of their activities; watching their children move out and start their own independent lives; enjoying life with family and friends. But when one partner becomes unhappy with their life circumstances, whether perceived or real, they may seek other ways to find fulfillment. Too many times the end result is a divorce which happens to be the most stressful event one can experience besides the death of a spouse.
For anyone who has endured the grind of Family Law, they may look at this study and see the connection between the decline of their own health and the unhappy experiences they felt during the dissolution process. As I look back over the past several years in relation to this study on happiness and health, I see that the 830 days it took to complete the dissolution process had a very real impact on my overall health. Now that I am finally past the drama and have moved on to build a new life, my overall health is improving as I strive to be happy.
I hope that by sharing this study with those within my blog-o-sphere, you too will strive to choose to be happy in your relationship for your health and the health of your romantic partner. Choose to be happy…and don’t stop smiling.