Marriage has a significant influence on person’s health. Many Universities and scientific centers studied this problem and all of them got very similar and very promising for married couples results.
For example, sociologists at the University of Chicago found out that it’s very important for a man and a woman to spend time together and feel each other’s support. Moreover, even if a wife works at a full-time job her husband has 25 percent less chances to have good health condition.
Sure that doesn’t mean that women have to give up working and making careers and think only about their husbands. Of course, they don’t. The study simply shows that men really need women’s presence and support to feel good. Women are used to take care of their families; men usually try to show everybody their strength and independence. But everybody knows that there are a lot of men who can’t do without a woman by their side. For example it’s a woman who reminds her husband to take his pills on time or visit a doctor when it’s needed.
The study of the University of Chicago shows first of all that lifetime of married men and women is much longer. Scientists say that it happens mostly thanks to the fact that these people get steady support and love from their spouses.
Even thou some bachelors would argue these reasons and tell that they can get support without getting married, the fact remains that strong family with good relationship between a husband and a wife prolongs human’s life. Sure there are always some exceptions, but everyone can remember wonderful stories about women who almost saved their husbands from some kind of destructive behavior or substance abuse. And that’s not only the stories. It was found that 70 percent of chronic problem drinkers are either divorced or separated and only 15 percent are married. Single men are more than three times as likely to die of cirrhosis of the liver.
Centers for Disease Control made a research which showed that married couples live longer and have much less cases of back pain, heart disease, headaches and serious psychological distress. And one more peculiar thing: there are 50 percent less smokers among married men. By the way, according to a Harvard study married women are also 20 percent less likely to die of heart disease, suicide and cirrhosis of the liver when compared with single women.
Married couples are more financially secure than singles. By the time they're close to retirement, married people have well over twice as much in assets as singles, note Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher in “The Case for Marriage”.
The research made by the University of Massachusetts showed that men and women who are in their first marriage, on average, enjoy significantly higher levels of physical and mental health than those who are either single, divorced or living together. Scientists say that one of the most consistent observations in health research is that the married enjoy better health than those of other statuses.
Some additional researches showed that marriage:
• Improves sexual life
• Helps not to feel lonely
• Increases the feeling of overall happiness
• Enhances an ability to become a parent
• Increases individual earnings and savings
Research conducted at the University of Colorado indicates why marriage is so beneficial to adults, generally, compared with those who are not married, married individuals eat better, take better care of themselves, and live a more stable, secure and scheduled lifestyle.
Author: Natalia Novikova
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