How your closest relationships may be impacting your health – CTV

April 4, 2023

Liking the people you’re around may not just be good for your mental health — it could also be good for your physical and physiological health too.

According to a new study published last week in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, the way you feel about your close personal relationships on a day-to-day basis may have an impact on how well your body physically functions.

“Both positive and negative experiences in our relationships contribute to our daily stress, coping, and physiology, like blood pressure and heart rate reactivity,” Brian Don, lead author of the study with the University of Auckland, New Zealand, said in a press release. “Additionally, it’s not just how we feel about our relationships overall that matters; the ups and downs are important too.”

While previous research has looked at the impact that conflict within relationships has upon the body in terms of blood pressure or stress levels, this new research cast a wider net by looking at whether positive relationships had an impact on physical health as well as negative ones.

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