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  • Hey there!

  • Welcome to Life Noggin!

  • Hearts!

  • Hearts everywhere!

  • Wow!

  • You know what's really cool about you humans?

  • No matter how wacky the world gets, you still somehow find the time to form these wonderful connections with one another.

  • Sometimes it's with family, other times with friends, but every so often people find themselves having a super special connection with someone else, leading to a romantic relationship!

  • These types of relationships tend to be monogamous, at least in one form or another.

  • Monogamy is all about only pairing up with one other person, and it's mainly broken down into two forms.

  • You can have social monogamy, which pretty much means you live together but might still have romantic flings, or sexual monogamy, where you only mate with your partner.

  • Either way, monogamy is actually pretty rare among mammals.

  • That's because out of all the species of mammals out there, only about 3 percent of them are known to practice some sort of monogamy.

  • My favorites are wolves and beavers.

  • Aww, they're just so darn cute together!

  • Couple of the year in my opinion!

  • Now, beyond just being downright adorable, there are actually quite a few potential benefits of being in a long-term, monogamous type of relationship for you humans!

  • For one, people in healthy relationshipswhether it's long term or nottypically have lower rates of harmful stress, which can contribute to a whole bunch of problems.

  • Beyond that, it's generally thought that longer-term relationships are good for your mental health by helping you combat depressionassuming it's a healthy, non-toxic pairing of course.

  • A recent study that just came out last year has added a bit of fuel to these claims.

  • After looking at the interviews of 3,617 US adults between the ages of 24 to 89, researchers found that coupled-up people had relatively fewer symptoms of depression, but only in some economic scenarios.

  • Married people with a total household income of less than $60,000 per year had fewer symptoms of depression than unmarried people with comparable earnings.

  • These effects seemed to be related to an increased sense of financial security and self-efficacy in the married folk.

  • That said, couples with higher incomes didn't seem to get the same mental benefits.

  • Long term relationships may also be better for your physical health too!

  • More specifically, it could be good for your heart.

  • No, I'm not talking about the lovey dovey waymarriage might actually help you stay alive in the event of a heart attack.

  • A study done a couple of years ago on over 25,000 people who had had a diagnosed heart attack found that those who were married were around 14% more likely to survive than single people.

  • On average, the people that had gotten hitched also spent about two less days in hospital.

  • Adding all this up, it surely seems like there are a bunch of real benefits to having a lifelong partner!

  • But hey, don't fret if you're not in a romantic relationship right now, or even if you never want to be in one. You don't have to choose the monogamous realm.

  • While a lot of this was talking about the romantic kind of relationships, you can still have strong, positive relationships with other people too.

  • Friends, familyreally anyone that you care about and that cares about you back!

  • So, where do you land on all of these?

  • Do you think two people should be together forever?

  • Lemme know in the comment section below, or tell me what should I talk about next?

  • Curious to know why breakups hurt so much?

  • Check out this video.

  • Each person had experienced an unwanted romantic breakup within the 6 months prior to the study, and while hooked up to and fMRI, were made to look at a photo of their ex to try and gauge the pain that it put them through.

  • As always, my name is Blocko, this has been Life Noggin, don't forget to keep on thinking.

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Should You Really Be In a Relationship Forever?

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    Jiawei Liu posted on 2019/04/07
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