In addition to increasing one’s lifespan, happily married people tend to enjoy many health benefits from the stabilization of the union. A married lifestyle brings health benefits to men and women differently, according to a study by British researchers. Yet, in essence, marriage improves life.
Marriage has been shown to improve the physical health for husbands and the mental health of wives. However, the study – published in the British Medical Journal – emphasizes that these positive results were found among happily married people.
It’s important to note that the study also showed that single people tend to be mentally healthier than individuals in bad marriages.
Some romantic relationships may actually cause more harm than good, as teenage romances were found to increase symptoms of depression among the demographic. However, those symptoms tend to decline with age, with researchers finding that 18 to 25 year-olds report better mental – but not physical – benefits when in a committed relationship.
According to Medical News Today, authors David and John Gallacher wrote that men benefit from long-term relationships because it often forces them to adopt healthier lifestyles, while “the mental bonus for women may be due to a greater emphasis on the importance of the relationship.”
The New York Times reports that doctors have been studying the benefits of a strong marriage for over a century, with various scientists discovering that married people are less likely to develop pneumonia, certain cancers and dementia. Some are even less likely to have heart attacks.
Troubled marriages tend to also be high stress situations and can create far more health issues than if the couple were single, according to several studies.
Although happily married people enjoy many health benefits, running out to get married is not the answer to your health concerns. With this in mind, adopting a healthier lifestyle can help lower your health and life insurance premiums.
As always, true love can conquer more than we can realize. And on this Valentine’s day perhaps get married and enjoy all the health benefits therein.