Want to enjoy life more, feel stress less, and zap a major risk factor for heart disease? Work on making your marriage happy. Yep, matters of the heart affect a lot more than your heart. If you're happily married, you'll have lower blood pressure and less depression than single people, even singles with a swell 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.
So what will make your marriage even happier? Here's what we YOU Docs have learned over our collective 65 years of wedded bliss (39 for Mike and Nancy, 26 for Mehmet and Lisa):