Your Marriage Can Make You Sick or Healthy -- Your Choice

A new study shows that it can actually be physically harmful if spouses argue the wrong way. For the study, 37 married couples were brought into a hospital research lab, where a tiny vacuum device gave them eight blisters on their forearms. Each couple was then videotaped while having conversations, and graded on their communication skills.

After 12 days, the blisters had healed faster on the couples who had more positive communication styles.  The blisters healed the slowest on the couples with more negative styles. Researchers believe the effect might have something to do with the protective hormone oxytocin.

CNN Reports:

“Overall, couples with more marital stress have worse immune function and higher blood pressure and heart rates ... While both sexes suffer, some, but not all, studies show women suffer more physical effects from a bad marriage than men”.

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