Body, Bank, and Boo: Marriage Edition
Feb 11, 2021 12:14 am
Read Time - 2 mins
I'm continuing my week-long series on why marriage matters.
Today I have a trifecta.
Several studies show that marriage has a positive impact on your happiness, health, finances, and life span. Let's dig in.
Married people are happier & healthier
Depending on the current state of your marriage, you may wish to debate this point with me. 😉 An international study found that married folks are happier (1). This happiness shows in the areas of financial satisfaction and health. Speaking of health, one meta-analyses found the physical health benefits of marriage "may be as large as the benefit from giving up smoking." (2) Well, put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Married people are better off economically
Like the happiness issue, you may want to debate me on this point based on your personal situation. However, generally speaking, married couples tend to be better off economically than those who are single. Specifically, marriage is associated with increased employment, savings/ net worth, and income. (3)
Married people live longer
If you're happier and better off economically, you might as well live longer to experience them both, right? Well, it just so happens that married people tend to live longer than unmarried people. A study suggests that having a marriage partner during midlife specifically helps individuals live longer. (4) There's a link between the emotional and functional social support that a mate provides during this part of life.
I'm hopeful that you're gaining new insights regarding the benefits of marriage. NOT just being in a relationship, but actually being married.
Sure, marriage introduces complexities and problems you might not have otherwise. But, the benefits far outweigh the troubles.
Marriage matters, and I'll share more reasons tomorrow.
ps - h/t to my man Donnie Bryant. The subject line is from his "body, bank, and boo" marketing philosophy.