An October 8 Associated Press article says, “A lousy marriage might literally make you sick. Marital strife and other bad personal relationships can raise your risk for heart disease, researchers reported Monday.
“What it likely boils down to is stress (,) a well-known contributor to health problems, as well as a potential byproduct of troubled relationships, the scientists said.
“In a study of 9,011 British civil servants, most of them married, those with the worst close relationships were 34 percent more likely to have heart attacks or other heart trouble during 12 years of follow-up than those with good relationships. That included partners, close relatives and friends.
“The study, in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine, follows previous research that has linked health problems with being single and having few close relationships. In the new study, researchers focused more on the quality of marriage and other important relationships.”
If we are being scientific about love, we must note that a Callarmanian theory posits these points:
· We were created by a loving God for a close love relationship with him.
· If we are not in a loving relationship with God, we are heartsick.
· We are weighed down by guilt, loneliness, feelings of inferiority, emptiness, and plain old unhappiness.
· These things ooch out into every corner of our lives, even the darkest ones.
· We feel stressed about life in general.
· We feel alone in the world, saddled with responsibilities beyond our ability to cope.
· We are mostly concerned about our own well-being.
· Sometimes we do despicable and harmful things in our efforts to find solace.
· God loves us and wants us to love him.
· But he is holy and perfect. No human is capable of perfect love.
· Through Jesus Christ, we are made acceptable to God.
· Jesus said what God mainly wants is for us to love him completely and to love other people.
· He can help us love him and through him to love others unselfishly.
· When our main concern is loving and pleasing God and then secondly loving and caring for others—including our spouse—we are more likely to be happy in “marriage and other important relationships.”
· Then our hearts will be healthier.
The heart is an original creation by my granddaughter.