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February 27, 2017

Having a happy spouse obviously makes for a more pleasant marriage. But what if it could also boost your health?

A recent study from the American Psychological Association examined a survey of 1,981 middle-aged heterosexual couples. The data revealed that, over time, happy spouses had a higher likelihood of reporting better health. The study was published earlier this month in the association's journal, Health Psychology.

Specifically, the study looked at survey results from couples ages 50 to 94. Participants shared details on their happiness, health and physical activity levels spanning six years. The couples discussed both their own health and concerns about the health of their spouse.

Why might having a happy spouse equate to better health? William Chopik, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University and they study's co-author, has three hunches:

  • Happy partners have a higher likelihood of offering social support like caretaking

  • They may...

February 27, 2017

In more ways than one, February is all about heart. It's Valentine's Day, of course. And Galentine's Day. But what many people don't know is that it's also American Heart Month. That's important because heart disease and stroke are women's No. 1 killer, causing more deaths each year than all cancers combined.

When we think about heart disease, many of us think it's something to worry about later in life. But recent data shows that the risk factors for heart disease are rising in younger women. It's important for women in their 20s and 30s to make decisions now that are good for their hearts – and to encourage their friends, sisters, co-workers and colleagues to do the same.

Strong female friendships empower us, build us up and create support networks that help keep us healthy. We often look out for the women in our lives and know that they'll look out for us – and this includes talking to each other about our health, and our risks for a disease that will kill 1 in every 3 of us. The...

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