What Makes Marriage Work?

 

(Psychologytoday): Research indicates you can get mad as hell or avoid conflict altogether. But the positivity must outweigh the negativity by five to one.

If you are worried about the future of your marriage or relationship, you have plenty of company. There’s no denying that this is a frightening time for couples. More than half of all first marriages end in divorce; 60 percent of second marriages fail. What makes the numbers even more disturbing is that no one seems to understand why our marriages have become so fragile. Continue reading

health benefits of marriage

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“There’s a long history of research that has looked at the health benefits of marriage,” says Joseph Hullett, MD, psychiatrist and senior medical director for OptumHealth, Behavioral Solutions. “According to a 2004 study by the CDC, mortality rates were found to be the lowest in married couples.” Dr. Hullett attributes these findings to the fact that, generally speaking, people experience less stress when they’re in committed, healthy relationships- and less stress means better health. Plus, it has been shown that when men marry they give up some of their risky behavior – like heavy drinking and smoking-which leads to longevity. Good news for your hubby!

The Advantages of Marriage

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Longevity

Many studies have shown that married adults have a greater likelihood of living longer than their unmarried counterparts.
3 The association between marriage and decreased mortality has even been established in studies conducted in a wide variety of cultures.
4 Additionally, UCLA Professor Robert Coombs found, “Virtually every study of mortality and marital status shows the unmarried of both sexes have higher death rates, whether by accident, disease, or self-inflicted wounds, and this is found in every country that maintains accurate health statistics.” Continue reading