The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

On top of wine, com­pro­mise and more wine, it turns out that good friends are the key to a happy mar­riage. Dur­ing a re­cent study by the Univer­sity of Texas, re­searchers dis­cov­ered that when peo­ple lean on pals and fam­ily dur­ing any spousal ar­gu­ments, they’re pro­tected from the phys­i­cal ef­fects of mar­i­tal stress (such as weight gain, in­som­nia and heart dis­ease). For the study, 105 new­ly­wed cou­ples were asked to record any con­flicts that arose at home and were in­structed to col­lect saliva sam­ples every morn­ing and night. When com­pared to cou­ples who were un­able to vent to loved ones, those with qual­ity so­cial net­works had lower lev­els of the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol, which meant they were bet­ter able to deal with ar­gu­ments.

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