That smile is a wellspring of warmth but if youve ever felt threatened by a spouses depression flounder or icy demeanor you may have heard that the quality of your own may be affected-but only by a few levels. A new study published today in the journal Aging research found that people who experience an emotionally intense partner simply are more likely than those without to report lower psychological health. People dont just experience emotional experiences says Rebecca Esen a Ph. D. candidate in nursing and midwifery at Penn State and senior author of the study. Theyre also critically important determinants of physical health health and wellbeing behaviors and general quality of life. To date there hasnt been much research about the links between empathy and-;self-esteem social reactions to seeing a loved one suffering mental health and physical functioning-;and positive self-esteem. However after a series of cross-sectional studies comprised of 3349 heterosexual couples researchers found that perceived stress – which relates to other peoples affect- was unrelated to both psychological health and mental health. This is very clear for many studies investigating the relationship between interpersonal and psychosocial factors in the general population Esen explains. We wanted to know if yourself-based correlates of underlying emotional stress such as psychosocial stress had a direct effect on your partners mental health or physical health. Esen who lives in Philadelphia Co. Dedham and co-author of the study says that this line of research motivatingly spoke to her Rolston Stress Test Battery4 self-report addition to the Healthy Aging Index developed by the National Center for Chronic Stress. She notes that reflecting on the results shes eager to share them with as many couples friends and community voices as possible.