For better or for worse. 

By Real Simple
Updated October 29, 2015
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We can likely all think of small ways in which our relationships affect our health—our partner's snoring interrupts sleep patterns, bickering over chores causes stress—but recent studies have connected relationship conflict to more serious health issues, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and even premature death.

In this week’s episode of “The Labor of Love,” host Lori Leibovich, Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist and author of the upcoming relationship book Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Surviving A Narcissistic Relationship, and Dr. Tim Loving, a professor at the University of Texas and founder of The Loving Lab and, discuss the latest research—and talk about ways to ensure our relationships have a positive affect on our health.

Dr. Durvasula and Dr. Loving also reveal the telltale signs of serious relationships issues, talk about the importance of practicing mindfulness, and explain why our sex lives can often predict the health of our relationships. Listen to the full episode below, and don't forget to review and subscribe on iTunes!