A loving relationship can do more than make your heart beat faster: Happily married people have lower blood pressure than either singles or unhappily married folks, according to a study of
303 adults at Brigham Young University in Utah. Researchers recorded participants’ blood pressures over a 24 hour period and found that while singles had lower blood pressure than those in unhappy marriages, those in happy marriages had the lowest blood pressure of all. “Happily married couples have lower levels of stress and depression, and those emotional factors have a strong influence of health,” explains Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., lead author of the study. Yet another reminder that the heart always knows.