Thursday, 31 December 2015

Surprising Longevity Factors That Are More Important Than Food

If you are reading this blog, it’s highly likely you are someone who is committed to a healthy lifestyle of exercising, meditating, doing yoga and eating organic, non-GMO foods and focused on nourishing your body with things that have the highest-level ingredients.

What you probably don’t know is that there is something that will extend your life for many years, regardless of what you eat.

Wanna guess what it is?

A happy marriage!

Research has proven that happily married couples receive the benefits of something called The Marriage Effect, which means that they are:
  • More likely to live longer.
  • More likely to be physically and mentally healthier and happier.
  • More likely to recover from illness quicker and with greater success.

And for men, this is really important to know:

A 2007 study found that the rate of death of single men over age 40 was twice as high than that of married men.

Marriage for men is a lifesaver.
Surprising Longevity Factors That Are More Important Than Food
And for those of you of the generation that would prefer to shack up over getting legally married, you need to know that living together is not the same as being married to each other.

It was found that happy couples who are living together in a committed, unmarried relationship don’t receive the benefit of The Marriage Effect.

When I asked Harville Hendrix (love expert extraordinaire, whom Oprah calls “The Marriage Whisperer”) about it, he explained that it has to do with safety and security.

On the unconscious level, those committed but unmarried couples do not experience the same level of safety that married couples do. Safety is one of our most profound human needs.

What about those couples who lived together for years very successfully, but then got married and soon divorced? Harville says the reason stems from the emergence of the real work of marriage only after we take those sacred vows.

It seems that we have to work for our security, but the pay-off is longevity and a more stable lifestyle.
Surprising Longevity Factors That Are More Important Than Food
More good news: Sex can save your life!

Just as you commit to eating right and exercising for your well being and health, it’s important to make sure you are having sex… the more the better.

According to leading sex expert and researcher, Dr. Pepper Schwartz of the University of Washington, studies shows that for women, sex provides lower anxiety, more vitality, a higher quality of life all while building immunity.

For men, sex one time a month or more will reduce the risk of dying by 60%. The men who had sex twice a week (or more) were least likely to die and sex provides protection for men against cancer and heart disease.
Surprising Longevity Factors That Are More Important Than Food
Bottom line: A happy, sexy marriage is one key to a long, satisfying healthy life.

Investing love, time and energy into your relationship will be the best investment you can make if you want a long, happy, healthy life. In my new book, Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate there are 16 steps to show you how to create a lifetime of soulmate love.

Andrea Cairella is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and owner of True Potential Counseling based in Long Beach, CA. She works with adults and children and specializes in couples issues, trauma, addiction, anxiety and self-esteem and is the creator of Create A Relationship You Love ™ an online psycho-educational program for couples. If you would like to get access to additional relationship resources, visit

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