Marriage can allow you to live a longer, healthier life. A study done by Linda Waite shows that 9 out of 10 married men who are alive at 48 will make it to age 65, compared with just 6 out of 10 single men who are likely to make it to age 65. Maggie Gallagher states that, "Having heart disease, reduces a man's life expectancy by just under six years, while being unmarried chops almost ten years off a man's life." Another study says, "the impact of marriage on health and life expectancy, particularly in men, is almost equivalent to giving up smoking." Also, a study of outcomes for surgical patients found that being married lowered a patient's risk of dying in the hospital.
Marriage is good for your mental health. Those who are married are less anxious, less depressed, and less psychologically distressed then those who are single. A study done by Nadine Marks and James Lambert found that, "When people married, their mental health improved—consistently and substantially. When people divorced, they suffered substantial deterioration in mental and emotional well-being, including increases in depression and declines in reported happiness."
Marriage provides a true companion. Many people say that everything you do is 10X more enjoyable with your spouse. You have a person that has committed their self to you; therefore, your spouse will always be there for you through the good and bad times. Your spouse is the person that you feel comfortable around. They know almost everything about you, what makes you happy, what makes you mad, and even what makes you scared.
Marriage allows you to make more money. Men who are married earn between 10%-40% more than single single men and also receive promotions more frequently. Married men tend to save more since their outlook on life has changed because they have to provide for their wife and family.
Marriage increases sexual fidelity. Cohabiting women are 8X more likely to cheat than wives, and cohabiting men are 4X more likely to cheat than husbands. Only 1 out of 10 c
cohabiting couples remain cohabiting after 5 years. But, 80% of couples that are marrying for the first time are still married after 5 years. This relates to how married couples are truly committed to one another for the long haul; whereas, cohabiting couples feel that if things go wrong then they can just leave.