A number of studies prove that mental health is closely connected to good physical health. Moreover, a recent study, published in Health Psychology, suggests that physical health can be connected to your happy spouse, too.
The researchers took data from a survey of 1,981 heterosexual couples from the USA aged over 50 whose happiness was assessed beginning from 1992 according to well-validated scales.
William J. Chopik, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University and the lead author of the study says: “A happy spouse provides social support, and encourages you to eat a healthful diet and exercise, all of which can contribute to your good health.”
A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry suggests that despite the decline in physical health, old people feel much happier than younger ones.
The researchers have analyzed data collected from 1,546 people aged from 21 to 99 in San Diego, USA. People in this study had to fill out a long survey including questions about their physical, cognitive and mental health. Survey asked how happy and satisfied with their life they were, and how depressed, anxious or stressed they were.
The results of the study demonstrated that old people were more disabled physically and had more cognitive impairment than younger adults, but their mental health was actually better. Younger adults in 20s and 30s reported the highest levels of depression, anxiety, and stress. Also, they showed the lowest levels of happiness, satisfaction with life, and wellbeing. And older people were the happiest.