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A Strong Social Network Helps Reduce Marital Conflicts and Stress

Social networks may help provide protection against health problems brought about by ordinary tension between spouses

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New York, Sep 17, 2017: Marital conflicts can take a toll on your health, but having even a few close friends and family members to turn to can help reduce the stress associated with such conflicts, new research suggests.

Social networks may help provide protection against health problems brought about by ordinary tension between spouses, said the study published online in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

“We found that having a satisfying social network buffers spouses from the harmful physiological effects of everyday marital conflicts,” said Lisa Neff, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the US.

“Maintaining a few good friends is important to weathering the storms of your marriage,” Neff said.

The research looked at 105 newlywed couples who kept daily records of marital conflict in their home environment and completed questionnaires about the number, quality and characteristics of their connections with friends and family.

In addition, the couples participating in the study collected morning and evening saliva samples for cortisol testing every day for six days.

Cortisol levels over the course of the day are a measure of the stress response.

The overall number of friends and family members that study participants reported having did not appear to affect couples’ ability to handle conflicts nearly as much as the quality of those outside relationships.

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The researchers found that people who reported having even a few close friends or family members to talk to outside of their marriage experienced lower levels of stress when marital conflicts arose.

“Even everyday conflict takes a toll on people physiologically,” Neff said.

“But we found that the association between marital conflict and cortisol responses completely disappears when people are happy and satisfied with their available social network,” Neff added. (IANS)

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25 Funny jokes That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

It can be hard to be funny sometimes. Everyone's sense of humour is different, however there are some classic funny jokes which everyone loves to laugh at

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Funny jokes to make you laugh out loud. Pixabay
Funny jokes to make you laugh out loud. Pixabay
  • Laughter is the best medicine and rightly so
  • Everyone loves hearing and sharing jokes on WhatsApp
  • Jokes can instantly lighten your mood up

Who doesn’t like a good laugh? Life can get stressful at times, all we need in those depressing moments is a good laugh. Laughing is very healthy for us, and it has been proven multiple times by multiple people. Everyone likes a person who can tell a good joke.

Everyone likes to be around a person who can tell a good joke. Pixabay
Everyone likes to be around a person who can tell a good joke. Pixabay

It can be hard to be funny sometimes. Everyone’s sense of humour is different, however there are some classic funny jokes which everyone loves to laugh at. Here is the list of such 25 funny jokes which will make you laugh out loud :

Some clever word play, which will get you laughing your heart out

1. Why was the little strawberry crying? His mom was in a jam.

2. What did one hat say to the other?

You stay here. I’ll go on ahead

3. What do you call a pony with a cough?

A little hoarse

4. What did the cop say to his stomach?

Stop! I’ve got you under a vest!

5. What do you do with a sick boat?

Take it to the doc already.

6. What do baby kangaroos wear when it’s cold out?

Jumpsuits.

7. What’s the most famous creature in the ocean?

The starfish.

8. Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party ?

He had no body to go with him.

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Dumb statements often make for really funny jokes, Pixabay
Dumb statements often make for really funny jokes, Pixabay

Dumb statements which actually make for very funny jokes

9. What does a grape say after it’s stepped on?

Nothing. It just lets out a little wine.

10. What happens when a frog’s car breaks down?

It gets toad away.

11. Did you hear about the guy who broke both his left arm and left leg?

He’s all right now.

12. What’s the tallest building in the world?

The library, cause it has the most stories.

13. Why did the scarecrow keep getting promoted?

Because he was outstanding in his field.

14. How do trees get online?

They log in.

15. Why shouldn’t you write with a broken pencil?

There’s no point.

16. What do you call someone wearing a belt with a watch attached to it?

A waist of time

Laughter can get you out of your life's stress. Pixabay
Laughter can get you out of your life’s stress. Pixabay

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Some other funny jokes to make you laugh 

17.  If you’re ever feeling chilly, it actually helps if you go stand in the corner for a while. They’re usually around 90 degrees.

18. Why couldn’t the bicycle stand up on it’s own? Because it was two tired.

19. “Dad, can you write in the dark?”

“I think so. What is it you want me to write?”

“Your name on this report card.”

20. Teacher: “Why was the computer  tired when it got home?”

Student: “Because it had a hard drive!”

21.Teacher: “Write a short essay on football match.”

All students were busy but one student was free..

Teacher: “Why are you not writing anything?”

Student: “Ma’am, the match cancelled due to rain..”

22. What’s the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer?

A bad lawyer can let a case drag out for several years. A good lawyer can make it last even longer.

23. Guy: You know, it’s at moments like these where I wish I had been listening to what my mother has always been trying to tell me.

Girl: What did she say?

Guy: I don’t know, I wasn’t listening.

24. “Doctor, please hurry. My son swallowed a razor-blade.”

“Don’t panic, I’m coming immediately. Have you done anything yet?”

“Yea, I shaved with the electric razor.”

25. Doctor: “The pain in your leg is simply due to old age.”

Patient: “I don’t think so! My other leg is just the same age and it feels fine.”