Advantages of Being Married

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Advantages of Being Married
Marriage offers several advantages. (married couple image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

Getting married is easy; staying married is difficult. Love is not the only reason that people get married. Some couples have arranged marriages, while others have marriages of convenience. But in most cases, love is the most important reason that people get married. A good marriage takes dedication, commitment and hard work from both partners. If both spouses nurture and feed their marriage using a recipe that contains plenty of love, devotion and mutual respect, both can enjoy the advantages that married life offers.

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Physical Health Benefits

According to Dr. Scott Haltzman, clinical assistant professor of the department of psychiatry and human behaviour at Brown University, marriage is so healthy that married couples have a significantly lower mortality rate between the ages of 45 and 65. Additionally, Dr. Haltzman states that on average, married men with heart disease live four years longer than unmarried men with healthy hearts. Results for women are similar.

Mental Health Benefits

Fewer married people suffer from depression than single people, resulting in significantly lower suicide rates, according to ForYourMarriage.org. A social survey, taken by the National Opinion Research Center in 1998, indicated that twice as many married people reported being happy as unmarried people.

Financial Benefits

Being married can save money, since working married couples generally pool resources to pay for things like food, utilities, rent and entertainment. Many people don't realise that being married can also save you money on your vehicle and home insurance. In addition, marriage permits spouses to participate in one health plan rather than two individual plans, resulting in substantial yearly savings.

Companionship

Being married give you someone to talk about your day with, whether it's the ups, the downs or the in-betweens. People who experience particularly stressful days at work can reduce anxiety by sharing their concerns with a supportive spouse. Alternatively, good news can be even better when you have someone to share it with. Other companionable advantages include travelling together; having one spouse to nurse the other back to health when illness strikes and always having a date for weddings and Valentine's Day.

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