I bet you thought by saying “I do” you were expecting benefits like love, unbridled affection, and built-in companionship.
While all those things are true characteristics of matrimonial bliss, strong marriages include something more. Happy marriages result in increased health and longevity!
There are enormous health benefits of marriage and to give you more insight into the relationship between marriage and health, this article encapsulates the 5 most amazing health advantages of marriage.
1. Lower rates of mental illness
Although the common complaint is that “My spouse is driving me crazy!” quite the opposite is true. Married couples have lower rates of mental illness across the board.
Married couples’ bodies react quite differently to stress, staving off depression, anxiety, and other types of mental ills.
2. Better sleep
This is great news for the 70 million Americans that suffer from sleep problems. A study out of Missouri found that married couples sleep longer and deeper than their single counterparts.
This is especially true for older married couples.
3. Lower rates of cardiovascular disease
Carpool, deadlines at the office, and being overwhelmed at home send signals to your hypothalamus, a portion of the brain that regulates the stress hormone cortisol.
This cycle eventually takes a toll on our health by way of high blood pressure, chronic migraines, and ultimately, shortened life expectancy.
Research shows that happily married couple’s brains respond differently to stress, reducing cortisol production, and circumventing the negative impact that stress has on your single counterparts.
4. Decreased incidence of death from cancer
An Israeli study showed that married men who were diagnosed with colon cancer had a decreased incidence of cancer-related deaths.
Turns out, in marriage, women are not only the keepers of the house, but also the keepers of the health; often pushing their partners to go to the doctor for that long-overdue checkup, or an advocate for healthy eating.
5. Longer life
According to a 2004 study from the CDC married couples choose healthier lifestyle choices. In fact, a 2006 study tracked mortality over an 8-year period, discovered that single people who never married were 58% more likely to die during that period than their married counterparts.
Happy marriages have a bigger impact on our lives than we ever thought. So the next time you celebrate nuptials, be sure and cheers to your health!