How being married makes our lives better for good
Marriage is a sacred union between two people who love each other. It's the kind of thing you think about when you're young and romantic, but it takes a lot of work to make it last. Some people might say that marriage is old-fashioned or unnecessary, but research shows that being married makes your life better for good.
Depression rates are decreasing...
The benefits of marriage are more than just emotional. Benefits such as lower rates of depression, higher income, and better health have been linked to being married.
One study found that the risk of suicide among men who were single or divorced was twice as high as it was for married men.
Better physical health
Better physical health: Married people have lower rates of depression, hypertension, and high blood pressure.
Higher-income: Married men earn more than their unmarried counterparts. And those who get married after age 30 typically have higher household incomes than those who don't get married at all.
Married people live longer than single ones do—on average by about seven years for men and three years for women! This may be because they're less likely to engage in risky behavior or that they benefit from companionship during stressful times (like when they're sick).
More protection for children: Children raised by married biological parents are less likely to suffer from poverty or abuse than kids with cohabiting parents or single mothers living alone, according to the Pew Research Center.
Married couples are more likely to share income and expenses, pool their resources, and have joint bank accounts and retirement accounts. They also tend to have a single credit card that they share. Married couples have nearly 40% higher incomes than single people.
You may have heard that married people live longer than unmarried people. That's true. But why?
It turns out there are a lot of reasons, including:
Married people tend to get regular health check-ups and make good use of preventative care. They're also more likely to seek help when they need it, which can make all the difference in an emergency.
Married people have more support than single people do—and that includes emotional support as well as financial assistance if needed. So when something goes wrong in their lives (like losing a job or having an accident), they're able to cope better with whatever hardship comes up because they don't have to deal with it alone!
More protection for children
Children are so much better off when they're raised by married parents than by single parents. For example, a study done in the United States found that children of married parents were less likely to be abused than children of single parents. Another study found that children who live with both their biological parents are more likely to be physically and emotionally healthy than kids living with only one parent or in a stepfamily situation (like my wife and me). The same study also showed that children from intact marriages tend to do better in school, have higher self-esteem, and become more successful later on in life as they grow up.
In addition to better physical and mental health outcomes for kids, married families can provide financial as well as emotional support for their children—two things that research shows are important for raising healthy kids!
Suicide attempts are less likely.
Statistically, people who are married are less likely to commit suicide than single people. A study conducted in 2014 found that the risk of suicide among married individuals is 20% lower than it is among those who aren't married. This may be because having someone around who knows you well and cares about you can help prevent episodes of depression or anxiety from developing into something more serious. Another 2015 study found that a person's chances of seeking help for depression are also higher if they're married; this makes sense because having someone else to worry about would make it harder for them to withdraw socially and emotionally from others. And finally, being in a relationship means there's someone there who will support your decisions and encourage openness when you need it most—and when we feel supported by our partners, we're more likely able to do things like talk openly with them about our feelings without fearing judgment or rejection from them!
You are more likely to be open and honest with your partner.
The most obvious benefit to marriage is that you have someone who can support you through life's ups and downs. You have a built-in partner in crime, someone to help you when things are tough. They'll be there for the good times too, but if they're the kind of person who wants to make sure that everyone around them is happy at all times, they'll give their attention during difficult times as well.
Being married means having someone else who understands what it feels like when one of your biggest hopes goes unmet. It means having someone who will celebrate with you when things go right—and even more importantly, it means knowing that there's always support waiting around the corner if luck doesn't work out on your behalf this time around.