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Marriage will make you happy. The UK's Office of National Statistics found that being married is 20 times more important to someone's hapinesss than the amount of money they make, and 13 times more important than owning a home. Marriage is the third most important factor related to hapinnes after health and employment.

It is safer to be married. The 1994 Justice Departmmet found based on the National Crime Victimization survey that single and divorced women were 4 to 5 times more likely to be victims of violence than married women. Unmarried men were 4 times more likely to the victims of violent crimes than married men.

You will earn more money. Married men make as much as 40% more than comparable single guys. The longer a man stays married the higher premium he receives. Women also receive benefits from marriage, but usually decline due to motherhood. Married Caucasian women that are married earn a wage premium of 4% and married African American women earn 10% more than comparable single women.

It will help with your mental health. Married men and women are less depressed, less anxious, and less psychologically distressed. Getting divorced lowers men and women's mental health and increases depression and hostility. It also lowers one's slide- esteem, sense of personal mastery, and purpose of life.

You will likely live longer. One study showed that especially for men, the impact of marriage on health and life expectancy is almost equivalent to giving up smoking. Professor Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick says, "smoking takes an average of seven years off of a man's life and marriage gives him an extra seven years." Marriage gives women an extra three years.


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