ONE MORE REASON TO... PHONE A FRIEND
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.