While previous research has shown that having a happy spouse leads to a Longer marriage, now there is evidence it is also associated with a longer life. Interestingly, spousal life satisfaction was an even better predictor of participant’s mortality as compared to his or her own life satisfaction.
Researchers state that life satisfaction is associated with healthy behaviours like good diet and exercise and this could result in the individuals also adopting these habits like their partner.
This data comes from a national representative population of 4400 couples in the USA over the age of 50 years. Also, most of the couples surveyed were heterosexual couples and we don’t know if this applies to same-gender couples too.
Read the full story: Association of Psychological Science
Scientific publication: Psychological Science