Live happy, live longer

STRANGE how it never occurred to us! That unhappy relationships, especially unhappy marriages, can have a lasting adverse impact on your health. An interesting study by the University of Utah scientists has figured out the link between unhappy relationships and unhealthy hearts pointing out that every time you have a spat with your spouse, coronary arteries get hardened increasing the risk of a heart attack. Intriguingly, it works in different ways for men and women. Women who get agitated while dealing with their husbands are likely to end up with bad arteries. Men, on the other hand, suffer the condition if they try to control themselves and their anger!

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Published: Sun 5 Mar 2006, 10:12 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:15 PM

But should the findings really come as a surprise to us considering the inevitable ‘feel-bad’ aftershocks of a marital showdown. Surely, all those bad vibes cannot be good for your heart. This is perhaps why all great religions have emphasised a clear conscience and happy heart to achieve peace with one’s self. This is all the more essential to keep a family happy and healthy. After all, happy individuals make happy families and happy families create a world at peace with itself. It’s not an ideal world though. There have been numerous cases of exceptionally gifted lives being consumed and wasted by unhappy and unfortunate marriages. Wonder what those men and women could have achieved if they’d lived longer and be happier?

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