Healthy Living Tips

Healthy Living Tip #445

One study found that an unhappy marriage increases your chances of getting sick by 35 percent and shortens your lifespan by 4 years. An easy way to instantly improve a marriage (and your health) is to regularly tell your spouse what you admire and respect about him or her. “It takes less than a minute and it can have a profound impact,” says marriage counselor Mario Alonso, PhD, founder of the personality website “Partners who feel secure and well-loved suffer from less depression.” In a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, 74 percent of the happiest couples reported that their spouses “often” made them feel good about the kind of person they are (in comparison to 27 percent of moderately happy or unhappy couples.)