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Marriage is Good for Health
The term "old married couple" has never been more applicable. A study from Cardiff University recently found that, on average, married people live longer than those who aren't in committed relationships. We have personally volunteered to deliver this message to George Clooney. We'll let you know how it goes.
An additional bonus: Women in committed relationships also had better overall mental health, while men in committed relationships had better physical health. The researchers hypothesized that women in long-term relationships were found to have better mental health likely "due to a greater emphasis on the importance of the relationship." It's no secret that dating can make even the most well-adjusted woman turn bat shit crazy, so this makes perfect sense.
But not all relationships are health boosters. Indeed, the authors of the study found that, compared to those in strained committed relationships, singles had better mental health. It's more fun to be on your own than with a crappy boyfriend. Unless you're crappy boyfriend is rich and never around (we kid, we kid).
There's such as a thing as having too much fun, though, as the study also found that having many partners is linked to an earlier death. Just ask Al Capone. Oh, wait, you can't because he died from the Syph.
So what's the final verdict? When it comes to committed relationships, the researchers say that on average, it's worth it to seek out a committed relationship, but work to avoid a bad one.
BMJ-British Medical Journal (2011, January 28). Marriage is good for physical and mental health, study finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110127205853.htm