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He found that the people who were satisfied at age 50 in a relationship were the healthiest at age 80. Even more, the study revealed that it is close relationships what keeps people happy, and those social ties protect them from discontents and help to delay mental and physical decline.

People who are satisfied at age 50 in a relationship are the healthiest at age 80. Click To Tweet

In particular, marital satisfaction plays an important role on people’s mental health as it works as a sort of protection. Interestingly, the study showed that people who had happy marriages in their 80s reported that their moods didn’t suffer even on the days when they had more physical pain.

People who had happy marriages in their 80s reported that their moods didn’t suffer even on the days when they had more physical pain.

Clearly then, the best way to face the future and its uncertainty is through meaningful relationships.

Homework:

Focus on how to connect with others around you (friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, classmates, etc), meet new people, form new relationships, make time to strengthen them, and be grateful for them.

Expected outcome: a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.