Being happy can boost health

PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 August 2016

Loving relationships have strong health and emotional benefits (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Loving relationships have strong health and emotional benefits (Getty Images/iStockphoto)


The Radio 2 holistic health expert, Imperfectly Natural Woman author and Herts mum chooses her favourite treatments, therapies and foods in Herts

It’s official, being happy and having good relationships can boost your health more than exercise, losing weight or quitting the ciggies (best to do all these too for optimum health!).

Psychologists say that people who feel connected to others have a sense of responsibility and look after themselves better, while studies have shown that marriage and long-term partnerships can increase longevity.

Of course it’s inevitable that there will be some break-ups and divorce, and in the summer, when many of us head off on holidays, it can be a tricky time of year if you are newly-single.

Lorraine McGinlay, a leading relationship and sex therapist, says it’s key not to buy into the pressure to feel you’re having a good time on holiday it you’re not.

‘If it feels too much being alone, don’t stick it out for the sake of a holiday, come home and seek the right support from family and friends or it might be worth finding a counsellor who can support you at this time who is independent from your situation.‘

Lorraine works both with individuals and couples in Hertfordshire and can be found online at

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