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Making Good on Marriage Vows: The Impact of Health on Marriage

Posted Dec 05 2008 7:53am

Psychtoday"It definitely has its delights, but falling in love shakes up your life quite a bit. Devoting yourself to a partner includes taking on new friends, new relatives, and a new living arrangement. Pairing up also sparks sweet dreams about the goals you'd like to reach, trips you want to take together, kids you hope to have…

Likely, the last thing on your mind is how your beloved will tweak your cholesterol levels. Yet, a large body of research shows that relationships steer our physical well-being as well as our emotional health. A romantic partner often has more influence on our behaviors than anyone else. Exactly how he or she affects our health is sometimes common sense (if not obvious) and sometimes as mysterious as love itself."

So begins Rebecca Winter's in depth article on the impact of health on marriage in the Nov/Dec '08 issue of Psychology Today. For the full article including my commentary (page 5 of the article), please see:  "In Sickness and In Health".

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