DOCTORS CAN LOOK at several things to figure
out a man's chances of having angina (chest pain, usually caused
by heart disease). Does he smoke? That will increase his chances.
Does he exercise? That will lower his chances. Does he have high
But a study at Case Western Reserve University
showed one question is a better predictor of angina than
any question they've been able to come up with: Does your
wife show you her love? The study was done on ten thousand
men who did not have any chest pain at the start of the study.
The researchers found that even if a man had several risk factors
(like high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle), if he felt
his wife showed him her love, it was protective. He was less
likely to have angina.
Men who had the same risk factors but answered
"no" had almost twice as much chest pain.
Dean Ornish, in his book, Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the
Healing Power of Intimacy, says researchers approach this
question in many different ways, but they all find the same thing.
He summarizes study after study showing the powerful effects
of connection on peoples' health, and he summarized it all with
In other words, do you have anyone who
really cares for you? Who feels close to you? Who loves you?
Who wants to help you? In whom you can confide?
If the answers are no, you may have
three to five times higher risk of premature death and disease
from all causes or even
higher, according to some studies. These include increased risk
of heart attack, stroke, infectious diseases, many types of cancer,
allergies, arthritis, tuberculosis, autoimmune diseases, low
birth weight and low Apgar scores, alcoholism, drug abuse, suicide,
and so on.
The connections you have make a big difference.
When you feel loved and when you contribute to and love others,
it significantly improves how happy you feel which you
probably know already but it also improves how physically
healthy you are.