The Positive Effects of Marriage

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If you are looking for a long and healthy life, marriage may be one of the answers. According to many resent studies, a happy marriage can improve emotional, psychological and physical health. For many years, scientists have continued to document the “marriage advantage”: the fact that married people, on average, appear to be healthier and live longer than unmarried people (Parker). So it is true that being married can benefit your health.

As stress is the main factor in any illness, we know that too much unmanaged stress is bad for our health. Researchers believe that married couples work better as a team to handle stress. For example, the married couples may share the tasks of running a household, earning money, and raising children. According to a major international study, which spanned fifteen countries and involved 34,493 people, marriage is beneficial for the mental health of both men and women and results in a lower risk of mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, and other types of psychological distress (Parker). Marriage, which provides social and emotional support, can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Studies also show that married couples have better health such as lower incidence of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. A recent Tel Aviv University study, based on 10,000 people, suggests that happy marriages may help prevent fatal strokes in men (Gupta 1). Single men had a 64 percent higher risk of a fatal stroke than married men. Meanwhile Brigham Young University professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad found that men and women in happy marriages scored four points lower on 24-hour blood pressure than single adults (Schneider1). This study shows that happily married couples have lower blood pressure than single. Accord...

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