23 Aug Happiness, health and effective communication
Here at The Happiness Institute we’ve always considered good quality relationships to be crucial to happiness and within that, we know that open and effective communication is vital for building and maintaining positive relationships.
As such, the following story that appears in today’s SMH comes as no surprise to those of us who daily see individuals and couples who experience happiness, and those who experience distress.
The price of silence
Women who force themselves to stay quiet during marital arguments appear to have a higher risk of death, a US study shows. Depression and irritable bowel syndrome are also more common in these women. Such ‘self silencing” during conflict may have provided an evolutionary survival advantage long ago, and unfortunately may be a necessity for women in abusive relationships, the study’s lead author said.