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With marriage come great... health benefits!

Marriage enthusiasts might quote countless reasons why couples should formalize their relationship instead of living the single life. A deeply rooted need to create a family and raise children together is one reason couples take the step but getting married may also bring significant benefits to your health. That is correct, a growing body of evidence has brought attention to marriage being beneficial for men and women from wellness and health standpoint.

A 2006 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community found that, compared with married people, people who are widowed, are divorced/separated or have never married are more likely to die earlier. In addition to a greater combined wealth that may make access to health insurance or better healthcare possible, there are a number of possible reasons behind why married couples tend to be healthier and happier.

Health monitoring

Married couples may pay attention to and monitor changes in each other’s health more so than boyfriends and girlfriends. Couples who can recognize the subtle changes in physical or emotional health may be able to identify problems before they become more serious. Couples may also be able to urge spouses to make appointments for routine health screenings and follow up on doctors’ appointments.

Safety

Being married and committed to one partner reduces your risk of developing a disease through intimate encounters. Furthermore, married couples tend to be less involved in behaviors that may put them at risk for violent altercations between others. Research by the United States Justice Department has found that single and divorced women are four to five times more likely to be victims of violence in any given year than women who are married, while bachelors are four times more likely to be victims of violent-crime than men who are married.

Increased intimacy

According to information compiled by Richard Niolon Ph.D., nearly half of all married people engage in intimate relations twice a week, compared to 20 to 24 percent of single and co-habitating men and women. Sex releases endorphins that improve mood, can be classified as moderate exercise, creates a feel-good environment that can reduce stress and promotes further contact between couples.

Greater financial security

Money is a primary source of stress for many men and women. But living in a dual-income household can ease some of that stress and the potential health problems that come with it. Some research has indicated that married men make as much as 40 percent more money than comparable single men, even after accounting for education and job history. Marriage could be seen as an indication of security and trustworthiness, traits appealing to a company.

As it can be easily noticed, there are many health-related benefits to getting married. Men and women who are about to enter into a new life together can add good health to the reason why they are happy about their upcoming venue.

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