Marriage is Good By Noah Carter

Less depression and fewer mental health problems -It’s not just your physical health that marriage protects. It makes people far less likely to suffer mental health problems too. A US study found mental health improves consistently and substantially after marriage and deteriorates substantially after divorce or separation.

Married men are wealthier men. Married men earn between 10%-40% more than single men. They also receive promotions more frequently and earn more glowing performance reviews than their single co-workers. Married men also tend to save more than single men. Getting a wife may increase an American male's salary by about as much as a college education. On the verge of retirement, the average married couple has accumulated assets worth about $410,000, compared with $167,000 for the never-married and $154,000 for the divorced.

Patients who were married tended to live 20 per cent longer than those who were [single, divorced, or widowed]. One study has gone so far as to say the impact of marriage on health and life expectancy, particularly in men, is almost equivalent to giving up smoking. Professor Andrew Oswald, lead researcher of the University of Warwick study says, “ Smoking takes on average seven years off a man’s life and marriage gives him an extra seven years.” For women marriage gives you an extra three years. It’s not fully understood why this is but one reason is that marriage protects against death by warding off feelings of isolation.

Reduces stress - Research from the University of Warwick suggests marriage may reduce stress, help couples develop healthier habits and suppress bad ones. It lowers production of stress hormones, and boosts immune response. Married people are also less likely to drink and smoke.

It makes you happy - There seems to be a really strong link between love and joy. Married people are twice as likely to be “happy with life” and less than half as likely to be “not too happy” compared to either single, cohabiting, separated, divorced or widowed people. A study in the Journal of Family Psychology shows happiness depends more on the quality of family relationships than on the level of income. So money doesn’t always make you happy but a good marriage just might! In the Journal of Marriage and Family, studies showed that 40% of married people said they were generally happy with their life, while only 25% of single people said they were.


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