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Research shows that strong partnerships can help us avoid illness, adopt healthier habits, and even live longer. On the other hand, troubled relationships tend to breed stress and weaken immunity.•Weight gain: It's a common belief that couples "let themselves go" after pairing off, and there may be something to it. According to a 2012 review people tend to gain weight as they settle into marriage and lose weight when a marriage ends. "Dissatisfaction in the relationship can lead to passive-aggressive eating behaviors and sleep problems, which will lead to weight gain•Sleep problems: Relationships can affect sleep in less direct ways, too. Relationship insecurity or conflict is associated with poorer sleep and to make matters worse, sleep problems can exacerbate relationship problems, creating a vicious cycle.•Depression: Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand, so it makes sense that relationships can affect depression in similarly complex ways.