A happy home is a healthy home, and that's true in so many ways as new research confirms that people who don't argue with their spouse, relatives and other neighbors live longer.
Overall, stress in and around the home will boost your risk of an early death by between 50 percent and 100 percent making dealing with stress of the utmost importance.
But if you tend to argue with those closest to you, such as your spouse, your risk of an early death is even higher -- up to three times higher, according to the study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
The study finds that work-related stress, especially stress from losing a job, is also a major risk factor for an early death.
And while the study was observational and can't prove that one causes the other, it makes perfect sense to me. Chronic stress leads to chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammation is major disease risk factor.
Stress can also cause blood pressure to rise, and constant stress can cause you to turn to unhealthy habits such as poor diet, smoking and drinking to excess.
So if you've got a lot of stress at home, maybe it's time for a new approach to dealing with stress -- time to re-focus on what's important to you, restore peace to yourself and your family and bring calm back into your life.
There's no drug that can do that, and I don't even think psychotherapy will do the trick for most people. Instead, focus on improving your lifestyle and dealing with stress using natural stress-relief techniques and remedies.