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Tip # 7- Go On A Date

Numerous studies have shown that being married is associated with a longer life.  Good relationships and happy companionship appear to cause better health.

The same is true for people who own pets, a relationship likely to be filled with less conflict and stress than most person-to-person relationships.  Dog owners have fewer visits to their physicians. Survival rates for heart-attack victims who have a pet have been shown to be 12% longer than for those who did not have one. Pet owners have also been shown to have lower blood pressure. The reasons are most likely related to an array of psychological factors, including decreased loneliness and depression, more laughter and nurturing.

Our relationships with our spouses or significant others start with obvious changes in everything from our stress levels and moods to our sex lives.  Even the levels of numerous hormones in the blood have been shown to be affected. 

Keeping the passion in your relationship means rekindling many of those hormone changes.  It also means keeping your stress levels lower and having more laughter, more sex, and more companionship. 

Set aside one night a week for a date night out with your spouse and make it an unbreakable date.  Talk about the week, relax, get re-acquainted and get romantic.  If it’s good for the health of your relationship it’s good for your personal health, too.


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