Happy wife, happy life — and a healthy one too.
A new study from Michigan State University found that a cheerful spouse is good for your well-being. It also showed that a miserable partner one can make you sick.
The six-year study, published online in the journal Health Psychology, followed nearly 2,000 couples, men and women aged 50 and up. Subjects were tracked on satisfaction levels, daily tasks, exercise and chronic diseases like diabetes. Participants with happy partners were much more likely to report better health, experience fewer physical issues and exercise more often than participants with unhappy partners.
“Even if you are extremely happy, your health can be negatively affected by unhappy spouse,” Bill Chopik, assistant professor of psychology at MSU, told the Daily News. “Your partner’s happiness compensates if you’re unhappy,” says Chopik.