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What are the health benefits of having a happy marriage?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Matters of the heart affect a lot more than just your heart. If you're happily married, you'll have lower blood pressure and less depression than single people, even singles with a great social network.

What is it about being happily married that's so healthy? One biggie: You encourage each other to see a doctor when you should. Another: You give each other emotional support through good times and through bad, in sickness and in health, which makes your bodies run better and boosts your overall health. A third: You often laugh together.

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