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Keeping the peace in your close relationships won’t just make for a happier life — it may actually make for a longer one. A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health claimed ongoing, frequent conflict with partners, family members, or friends could lead to a 50% to 100% (!) higher risk of dying young.

Over a 10-year span, researchers regularly checked in with nearly 10,000 men and women, ages 36 to 52, about their personal relationships. Around one in 10 study participants revealed that their spouse or children were a source of worry; while one in 20 participants said other close relatives caused them stress. Analysts also tracked the participants’ health and employment status.

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