A word of caution for couples who routinely communicate through a sharp word and a slammed door: A bad marriage is bad for your health.
A new study suggests that spouses engaged in hostile relationships have consistently elevated stress levels that significantly impede their bodies’ wound-healing capacity.
Blissful honeymooners are not, however, completely immune to the stress effect. Otherwise happy partners will find their healing abilities similarly diminished — although to a lesser degree — following spikes in stress that accompany occasional spats.
Proof of this apparent mind-body connection, researchers say, could have a major impact on the emphasis caregivers place on improving a patient’s frame of mind prior to surgery, in order to optimize the recovery process.