A Finnish study from the European Society of Cardiology was released just in time for Valentine’s Day!
If you are in a committed relationship that is working for you, you have already made a positive choice for the maintenance of your honey’s health—as well as your own.
The Finns have shown us that if you are married, your chances of dying from a heart attack are cut in half! This held true for both men and women.
When you really think about it—we shouldn’t really be all that surprised. Human beings were designed to connect. In committed relationships, over the long term, married couples have the choice to achieve a comfortable give-and-take rhythm to their lives which provides companionship and a degree of solid, trusting predictability that nourishes both partners.
My musings remind me of a very, very sweet and basic truth—the philosopher in the Book of Ecclesiastes says,
9 “You are better off to have a friend than to be all alone, because then you will get more enjoyment out of what you earn. 10 If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble.11 If you sleep alone, you won’t have anyone to keep you warm on a cold night. 12 Someone might be able to beat up one of you, but not both of you.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Contemporary English Version
May the sweetness live on!