Marriage is a Beautiful thing By: Lauren Black

Marriage has health benefits.

"A study done by Duke University Medical Center revealed that people who were never married were more than twice as likely to die early as people in a long-term relationship."

More likely than not, early deaths amongst single people rather than married individuals are caused by loneliness, stress, and a lack of fulfillment or lack of love. Married people are able to adapt better to health setbacks.

Marriage protects children.

Kids with parents that are not married or are in torn relationships are much more likely than other kids to slip into poverty, become victims of child abuse, fail at school and drop out, use illegal drugs, launch into premature sexual activity, become unwed teen mothers, divorce, commit suicide and experience other signs of mental illness. Kids often times exhibit the same steps as their parents/ people they live with.

Marriage allows for one of the greatest support systems that life can offer.

Not only mental stability and support, but marriage also is a means for physical and financial support. The foundation is built on two rather than one. Money and other benefits are joint. Also, knowing that someone is by your side is a motivational drive for both people.

Married couples have better sex lives.

Mental and physical intimacy among married couples are more than great. Many people believe married couples sex lives are routine and boring or even non existent, although it's the total opposite. "It gets better as time progresses as love advances."

Marriage is safer.

Marriage lowers the risk of domestic violence, for woman and men. A 1994 report given by the Justice Department concluded that two-thirds of acts of violence against women committed by intimate partners were not committed by husbands but by boyfriends. Non married couples are more likely to end in violence.

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