A new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology found that having a good relationship with your family is important to your health – even more so than your relationship with your partner.
According to the study, those who don’t have good relationships with their families are more likely to develop chronic illnesses.
Researchers looked at data on more than 3,000 people around the age of 45, collected between 1995 and 2014. The data revealed information on each individual’s relationship with their family and with their spouse or partner. Researchers found that those who experienced a poor relationship with their families were more likely to have poor health.
“These are people you are connected to forever. If you are sensitive to emotional stress, then being bathed in that stress would over time wear and tear on your body,” said lead author, Sarah Woods, assistant professor of family and community medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, as reported by CNN.
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