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HEALTH BENEFITS OF MARRIAGE

HEALTH BENEFITS OF MARRIAGE
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MARRIAGE
During this pandemic, finding positive aspects of or lives can help in overcoming the many stressors COVID-19 has brought into our lives. The following are benefits of marriage listed by an article by Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School):


~t’s all about immune function. Studies have found that people in happy relationships have stronger immune function than those who are not. And, cortisol tends to be released in lower amounts in married people as compared with those who are single. That may be important because cortisol levels tend to reflect levels of stress, and high cortisol levels can impair immune function.
~Your behavior improves with marriage. Married people may take fewer risks, eat better, and maintain healthier lifestyles, on average, compared with single people. There is also evidence that married people tend to keep regular doctors’ appointments and follow doctors’ recommendations more often than single people.
~Mental health is better when you’re married. Poor social supports (as might be more likely for those who are single) have been strongly linked with higher rates of depression, loneliness, and social isolation, which have in turn been associated with poorer health outcomes.
~Married people have better health before getting married. It’s reasonable to wonder whether people with medical problems (or who are prone to them due to unhealthy habits) are less likely to get married; that would leave healthier people getting married and that could account for the “marriage health benefit.” But, some studies have actually found that unhealthy men tend to marry at a younger age and divorce less often than healthy men.

As a happily married women for over a decade a agree with all these benefits. If you are happily married be thankful and consider it a benefit during this crisis and any future crisis. I surely am!

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