Marriage isn’t easy. No romantic relationship is all good all the time. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether or not certain parts of your relationship you think spell trouble are actually signs you’re really doing fine. Many people never get married, deciding it’s the best choice for them — and for their health.
Well, It turns out not getting married could actually be worse for your health than you think. Here are all the reasons getting married might provide a nice health boost.
Married people live longer!
Thinking about staying single? You might have a better chance of staying alive longer if you reconsider, Some research suggests that marriage extends your life.
Studies have found that rates of various diseases among married couples are lower than they are for singles. This obviously isn’t the case for every single couple, whether they’re happy together or not. You’re just more likely to overcome health setbacks with a more intimate level of social support.
You have lower blood pressure
Do you have a family history of high blood pressure and related health problems? You might be able to save yourself a lot of future health care costs — if you get married, that is.
High blood pressure increases your risk for more than just a heart attack or different types of heart disease. You’re also at an increased risk of developing diabetes, eye problems, and even dementia. A spouse doesn’t guarantee your safety, but you never know.
You’ll make better lifestyle choices
If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, exercise, or eat less sugar all alone, you know how hard it can be to “get healthy” without an accountability buddy.
People who are married tend to rate their health status higher than people who aren’t. Marriage often makes it easier to make changes, because your established routines might sync up. Heading to the gym at the same time? It’s a lot harder to stay in bed when you know they’re out there getting fit without you.
Your sex life improves!
Do married people really have better sex? Psychotherapist Esther Perel says so. Not every couple can make lust last, but that’s because they’re looking at it the wrong way.
Your relationship with your spouse might not be the only reason your sex life is struggling, though. Many everyday habits — especially the ones you don’t even think twice about — totally kill your sex drive. Everything from overeating to drinking too much caffeine can ruin sex for the both of you.
SO, QUESTION! SHOULD YOU GET MARRIED OR STAY SINGLE?
Not everyone’s meant to get married. Some people just can’t stand the thought of being with the same person for the rest of their lives — and that’s OK. Marriage might make your life better, but single people aren’t necessarily worse off.
If you’re already married, there are some signs it might end in divorce — but your health plays an important role no matter what you decide. Your happiness is a better predictor of a long, healthy life than anything else.