PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s a popular saying: Happy wife, happy life. But it may actually be more than just a saying.
A new study published in Health Psychology finds having a happy spouse may boost physical health.READ MORE: Ben Simmons 'Done Playing With Joel Embiid' Due To Style Of Play, Not Personal Issues, Report Says
The study of nearly 2,000 middle-aged heterosexual couples found that people with happy spouses were much more likely to report better health over time.READ MORE: Delaware To Require COVID-19 Vaccine Or Weekly Testing For K-12 Educators, Contractors And Volunteers
Researchers found people with unhappy spouses reported more physical ailments.
“This finding significantly broadens assumptions about the relationship between happiness and health, suggesting a unique social link,” said William Chopik, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University and principal investigator of the study.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite Will Not Seek Contract Renewal After School Year
“Simply having a happy partner may enhance health as much as striving to be happy oneself.”