Marriage improves health of couples
Marriage may contribute to life-long health as much as any healthy lifestyle choice. A study from the University of Missouri found that married people are healthier both mentally and physically, and are less likely to suffer from chronic illnesses than people who are widowed or divorced.
Married couples were also more likely to highly rate their own health as they grew old, indicating that aging couple could see a significant improvement in health if they focused on strengthening their marriage.
The study examined data on the health and well-being of 707 continuously married adults, collected over 20 years, and found that in all stages of marriage, positive or negative relationships strongly influenced individual health. Lead researcher Christine Proulx said spouses should be aware that how they treat each other and how happy they are in their marriages affect both partners' health, and they should think more about their personal relationships when thinking holistically about their health.