But the experts interviewed for this story didn't see why the benefits of having a partner shouldn't extend to same-sex partnerships. A study of heart bypass patients showed better survival, over 15 years, among the happily married. In short, more hostility may hamper the immune system for couples with chronic relationship troubles. "We now know that depression, obesity, and hypertension can all result from women suffering in unhappy marriages," Varma says."The love and support -- and how this translates into us taking better care of ourselves when we have someone who is invested in our happiness -- is immeasurable," Varma says. "But I also see a lot of substance abuse and depression in my male patients in the same situation." Based on her practice, Varma believes that men and women are equally affected by unhappy relationships -- the results just manifest differently. "If someone is single, it may or may not point to a difficulty in establishing close relationships," Varma says. For others, it's simply that they have not found their life partner yet.One study of dating relationships estimated 1 in 7 (14%) were long-distance.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two or more people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other."That means there’s a partner and close source of support readily available." On the other hand, says psychiatrist Sudeepta Varma, MD, of NYU Langone Medical Center, people who are alone and unhappy may run the risk of social isolation.That can lead to depression and neglecting one’s health. UCLA psychologist Theodore Robles, Ph D, says, "Your spouse is a large force of influence in your own behavior.More than 1,000 couples who had been together an average 25 years were questioned about their private lives by scientists from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. S., couples tend to stay married - more than 50 per cent of U. couples remain in their first marriage, and that number goes up to 90 per cent in Spain. Lead researcher Julia Heiman said: 'It's important to note that though divorce rates are high in the U.