Study: Nagging Spouse Could Have Health Benefits
At 1:04 pm on October 12, 2012
(WNS)--It’s long been known that married people, on average, do better than unmarried people in just about every important measure of physical, social, and psychological health. Why? You might be able to credit your nagging spouse.
“’Social control’ is the term sociologists use to refer to the activity of one person influencing and directing the behavior of someone else,” said Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family. “All cultures and people need this. In the early years of life, it’s called parenting. But in later years, it is still needed. In terms of everyday adult domestic relationships, the old fashioned term is ‘nagging.’ And it does keep us healthier.
Essentially it involves someone who loves us reminding us of things like ‘eat your vegetables’, ‘get a good night’s sleep’, ‘don’t drive so fast’,…and ’how many donuts have you had today?’” These may not always be welcomed questions in our lives, but they do make us healthier. So why don’t cohabiting unmarried people experience the same health benefits?
According to Stanton, “Family members (children, parents and spouse) are…motivated to insert themselves into our business and habits because they love and are tied to us in the deepest ways humans can be linked.”
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