"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"
Having a spouse means always having someone in your corner. An intimate relationship like marriage is the closest a person can be to someone else. This mutual trust and love greatly boosts self esteem, causing one's overall happiness to sky rocket. Married people seem more confident because they have someone behind them who believes in them.
More Health Benefits
"Married couples experience lower levels of heart disease, cancers, flu, Alzheimer’s, depression and stress"
Proverbs 17:22 says, "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones." If marriage truly adds to your joy in life, then that in turn increases your immune system, making it easier for you to fight off numerous communicable diseases as well as those diseases caused by stress. Happily married couples are less likely to put as much wear and tear on their bodies as single people, eliminating typical triggers for the aforementioned health issues.
"Married people not only make more money, they manage money better and build more wealth together than either would alone."
This happens not only because there can be two bread winners in the household, but also because of the whole self esteem boost marriage brings. Even if one partner stays at home, he or she is still there to encourage their significant other to reach their full potential. Being married actually can encourage people to do their best, causing them to get promoted or earn a raise. Also, two heads are better than one. It's easier to budget when you have someone else to hold you accountable and help you sort through the stress of finances. Dave Ramsey would be proud.