Tuesday Newsday – How Marriage Affects Your Health

May 25th, 2010

Love each other to pieces? Add a few years onto your lifespan. Are those pieces very little ones? That might be as bad as a smoking habit in terms of your happy heart.

Depending on whom you speak with, marriage can either save your life or ruin it. Here’s an interesting take from The New York Times (along with actual research) on whether marriage is good for your health.

In 1858, a British epidemiologist named William Farr set out to study what he called the “conjugal condition” of the people of France. He divided the adult population into three distinct categories: the “married,” consisting of husbands and wives; the “celibate,” defined as the bachelors and spinsters who had never married; and finally the “widowed,” those who had experienced the death of a spouse. Using birth, death and marriage records, Farr analyzed the relative mortality rates of the three groups at various ages. Read more…

Are you single or married, and do you feel that these studies are an accurate assessment of healthy living when it comes to your status? Please leave a comment!

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One Response to “Tuesday Newsday – How Marriage Affects Your Health”

  1. Emma says:

    Thanks for the post. What I have seen in marriage is that one needs to make efforts to understand our partner more and more with each passing day. Remember not to impose our views on our partner; approval and acceptance of them is also equally necessary. When in the middle of a fight against our spouse, focus only on the issue at hand. It is not necessary to bring up past issues and mistakes. Find ways to ease the tension; a smile or a quick apology will do the trick. Also its okay to agree to disagree. Thanks, Emma. [Read my latest post on how to deal cheating]

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