Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy marriage cuts stress for women


One of the biggest stressors in a woman's life is a bumpy marriage - the worse the marriage, the higher the stress level but "the better the wedding, the lower the stress level". Yes, according to a study carried out by researchers, a happy marriage cuts stress for working women as they have lower levels of a stress hormone than those in miserable relationships, the Daily Mail reported here on Wednesday. However, it does not make any difference in case of their husbands as men's stress levels are determined mainly by how busy they are at work, not the state of their home life. According to lead researcher Darby Saxbe of University of California, "As far as women are concerned, being happily married appears to bolster physiological recovery from work." "Women in unhappy marriages are coming home from a busy day and, instead of having some time to relax and have a spouse picking up the load of setting the table, getting dinner going, signing forms for the kids, these women may have immediately to launch back into another stressful routine," he said. "Perhaps in happily married couples the demands of domestic life are being shared more equitably between men and women, or at least that may be the case when wives return home from a demanding day at work," Darby added. The researchers came to the conclusion after analysing a data of 60 married parents who were asked how satisfied they were with their marriage and how busy they were at work. They also collected saliva samples from participants in the early morning, afternoon and evening to measure cortisol levels. Women in happy marriages were found to have stronger declines of the hormone than those in less blissful unions while in men, the state of their relationship with their wife appeared to have little influence on levels of cortisol, which were affected far more by how busy they felt at work.

11 Comments:

At January 2, 2008 at 4:29 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Now that is an interesting post. Happiness does mean a lot in life. This goes with the old saying, "If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy."

 
At January 2, 2008 at 5:19 AM, Blogger Minka said...

I think this is an interesting point...but I think quite a few side factors need to be taken into account.
I am not entirely sure, but I think a stressful marriage is equally affective on both parties. Women and men just have a different metabolism and different aspects of coping. Men tend to burry themselves in work when stress is at home, women tend to immediately release frustrations.

On a totally different note: I wish you a happy new year and thank you for visiting my blog today :)

 
At January 2, 2008 at 5:55 AM, Blogger Annie said...

I've read previous research findings (Jessie Bernard) that suggests that men in marriage live longer than those who aren't married while it has no effect on women's longevity or happiness. Hmmmmm, what to think?

 
At January 2, 2008 at 6:27 AM, Blogger Elween said...

that's why many women dont want to get married. and that's why the productivity reduces. and that's why the population growth is decreasing.

 
At January 2, 2008 at 7:51 AM, Blogger Hammett said...

a very interesting post... so informative.. cheers!! :)

 
At January 2, 2008 at 7:56 AM, Blogger Nessa said...

Women need wives and then the world would be a very happy place; D

I wish you a very Happy New Year.

 
At January 2, 2008 at 10:29 AM, Blogger samrina said...

Interesting, knowledgeable post...

Thanks for sharing.

Take care

 
At January 3, 2008 at 12:17 PM, Blogger actonbell said...

That is very interesting. It seems to me, and this is only an impression, that it is the woman in a stressed relationship that brings up the subject of marriage counseling first. This study seems to explain that.

And thanks for the poem:) Happy New Year!

 
At January 3, 2008 at 5:34 PM, Blogger Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Raghu,
Your post is very interesting. The findings of the survey are very revealing. Indeed, married women get their strength and fulfillment from the success of their married life. Their relationship with their husbands and children are their top priorities in life. Not so with men. Men give a higher value on their achievements and honor in society and in their places of work. Thanks for the very interesting post. God bless. Have a nice and peaceful day always.

 
At January 3, 2008 at 7:43 PM, Blogger Jyoti said...

bhery bhery interesting...

Wish you a very new year sirji!

 
At January 4, 2008 at 1:46 PM, Blogger Macadamia The Nut said...

But think about it my friend, isn't 'prevention' better than the cure :D

 

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