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The Science of Relationships

Science shows the quality of our relationships is inextricably linked to our emotional, physical and economic wellbeing.

Stress in relationships impacts our health

A review of 148 studies concluded that “the influence of social relationships on the risk of death are comparable with well-established risk factors for mortality such as smoking and alcohol consumption and exceed the influence of other risk factors such as physical inactivity and obesity” and that “physicians, health professionals, educators, and the media should take social relationships as seriously as other risk factors that affect mortality.”


of those without a strong relationship network are more likely to die prematurely


of people in negative relationships have greater risk of cardiac death


of those with depression attribute relationship problems as the main cause


greater likelihood of survival for people in healthy relationships with pre existing health issues

Conflict in relationships impacts the workplace


drop in productivity as a result a breakdown in the marriage


of workers agree that stress experienced at home adversely affects them at work


of error will be made by disengaged employees

Negativity in relationships impacts our children


of children living in a home without a father live below the poverty line


was the poverty rate for single mother families in 2015


of children with divorced parents demonstrate several emotional problems

The breakdown of relationships leads to the breakdown of the family which leads to the breakdown of our economy which leads to the breakdown of our culture.

men and women in Dallas filed for divorce in 2013

– Texas Department of State Health Services

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the divorce rate in Dallas County alone was 46% in 2013. That number represented over 14,000 men and women, and affected more than 5,000 children. We know divorce exponentially increases the likelihood that a family will become impoverished and turn to public assistance for support.

A study by the Institute for American Values estimates that this costs taxpayers nearly $3 billion annually

– The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing:
First-Ever Estimates for the Nation and All Fifty States

$3 billion

annual cost of divorce for taxpayers

$30 million

saved in taxpayer money if divorce rate lowers by 1%

Reducing the divorce rate by just 1% in Texas alone could save taxpayers nearly $30 million in antipoverty, criminal justice, and education programs. Regretfully, this is not the exception; the situation is much the same in every single state in the nation, and in towns and cities around the globe.

What Others Are Saying

Harvard Health - The Health Benefits of Strong Relationships

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Close Friendships Lead to Happier Lives

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The Marriage Factor

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Why Your Relationships Matter

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The Impact of Family Structure on the Health of Children: Effects of Divorce

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The Loneliness Epidemic

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Why a Happy Marriage Makes for Happy Kids

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Loneliness Can Kill, Literally

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The Effects of Thriving Relationships


mental health
physical health
individual and family economics
workplace productivity
achievement and performance in school


anxiety and depression
addictions such as alcohol and drug use
crime in communities
breakdown in the family
absenteeism in the workplace