You know what they say. Happy wife, happy life.
But it turns out it’s NOT just a figure of speech. It’s sound MEDICAL advice, too.
New research not only confirms the truth behind that old saw it also takes it to the next level. It reveals one key part of that formula that applies to husband and wife alike.
And it won’t just keep the both of you happy. It could also add YEARS to your life.
But there’s a trick to it. And it goes beyond the mere pursuit of happiness. It highlights how you handle one common… and sometimes even frequent… part of any marriage.
And that’s arguments. Or, to be more accurate, how you argue.
Argument secret helps you live happier and healthier
There’s another old saying that applies here too. Never go to bed angry.
The new study from researchers at Oregon State University finds that taking the stress of an argument to bed can have lasting consequences for your overall health.
The research focuses on what’s known as “reactivity.” Those are the lingering negative effects of something such as an argument.
Now don’t be so quick to dismiss it as psychological mumbo jumbo. Reactivity levels are measurable. And they’re PROVEN to drive up stress and all those things that go with it.
Stress, in turn, can raise inflammation, and inflammation can cause or worsen:
- heart disease
- immune dysfunction
- cognitive decline and dementia
- stomach problems
And because of the domino effect, that’s just scratching the surface. Altogether, it’s a recipe for chronic disease… extended illness… hospitalization… and even early death.
Hit the hay with a clean slate to live longer
In other words, you really don’t want any reactivity hanging around messing with your health and happiness. And the new analysis of more than 2,000 people confirms that arguments are one major way many of us end up with the problem.
Specifically, the unresolved arguments. You know, like when you go to bed angry.
Those negative feelings and the stress they produce follow you through the night and beyond. As a result, the study finds reactivity levels are off the charts the day after an unresolved argument.
But if you settle those disagreements instead…
- if you make sure you get things all sorted out BEFORE going to bed…
- if you get a good night of restful sleep with no lingering or unresolved ill will…
… your reactivity levels plunge.
In fact, folks who resolve their arguments have HALF the reactivity levels right after it’s finished. And virtually NONE remains the next day.
In other words, even if it means swallowing a little pride… or “taking the L” and accepting that you’ve lost the argument… you’ll STILL come out a winner in the end.
You both will, as the new study shows. And there’s no arguing with those kinds of results.
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