This takes "happy wife, happy life" to a whole new, scary level.
Some believe marriage is naturally difficult. Unfortunately, those who succumb to such negativity may be headed down a dangerous path. Not only does a tumultuous marriage lead to many tear-stained pillows but according to a new study it could also lead to a stressed wife, resulting in greater potential for heart disease for her dear husband.
A new study found that the cardiovascular system is very much affected by a marriage full of drama.
Husbands tend to get high blood pressure when their wives are stressed, and these symptoms get worse if the marriage tanks. The correlation between these symptoms and marriage quality is so strong that a bad marriage can be a prediction of health issues to come.
The study assessed 356 married and cohabiting couples on their psychosocial and biomeasure in waves between 2006 and 2010. The study then looked at their relationship quality, stress, and blood pressure over time.
So what's the deal? Why do our husband's respond to our stress this way? They're sensitive — that's why.
"We were particularly fascinated that husbands were more sensitive to wives' stress than the reverse especially given all of the work indicating that wives are more affected by the marital tie. We speculate that this finding may result from husbands greater reliance on wives for support which may not be provided when wives are more stressed," says lead author of the study Kira S. Birditt in a press release.
Perhaps a couple's yoga session is in order?