Another story about a happy marriage promoting a better heart...and I think I can somewhat agree with this study, being a single person myself now, and having been on both sides of the fence here....you don't find the same emotional support from a text box on a computer or a text message sent to your phone...it just doesn't work that way...and in actuality I feel it tends to create another area of anxiety as you are missing something we all need....sound and voice tone...without the emotional support of a partner....also it tends to potentially create a sense of unknown urgency...thus up goes the blood pressure with increased potential anxiety with having to respond or react to a text box versus talking...we all feel more comfortable when dealing with a known versus an unknown...thus I think this study just may be on to something good....what worries me though is the younger generation who has been brought up with technology and what is their ability to create balance within themselves with all of the new social networks that have recently become available, and hopefully in time the "text box" will not become the norm......something to think about and ponder...and perhaps only your cardiologist knows for sure....BD
Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Husbands and wives: listen up! Being happily married is good for the heart. A new study from Brigham Young University finds men and women who are happily married have lower blood pressure than singles with supportive social networks. Researchers found unhappily married adults have higher blood pressure than both happily married and single adults. And they were surprised to find a network of supportive friends did not translate into better blood pressure for single adults or those who were unhappily married.
“There seem to be some unique health benefits from marriage,” lead researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., from the department of psychology at Brigham Young University, was quoted as saying. “It’s not just being married that benefits health -- what’s really the most protective of health is having a happy marriage.” The report notes being married helps people give each other emotional support in good and bad times. Dr. Holt-Lundstad also says spouses can promote healthy habits by encouraging each other to see a doctor and to eat a healthy diet.