Nagging, being hypercritical of your partner, and generally annoying your partner are all things most couples want to avoid for the sake of their own happiness. But a new study found that a negative relationship isn't just a thorn in your side, it could worsen your health and even affect your lifespan. 

The research, by Lafayette College, involved interviews in 2005, then again in 2010, of more than 3,000 middle-aged and elderly people, of whom nearly 2,000 were in a committed relationship. 

The study authors measured the quality of people's relationships by looking at the amount of criticism one received from their partner, the number demands their partners made towards them, and if they generally felt annoyed with their partner — all of which "have been found to be significantly associated with poorer health." 

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