Hi, everybody! I just got home from celebrating the wedding of my good friend Amanda, who is my assistant at the office. She married her Prince Charming, Brandon, and they will live happily ever after. Sigh. I love weddings 🙂
It’s been a long day and this won’t be a very long post. I’m tired and my feet hurt from dancing! I did want to take a few minutes to explore evidence that being married is good for your health.
1. Happily married couples have lower levels of heart disease, cancers, depression and stress.
2. Married patients having heart bypass surgery were three times more likely to survive 15 years than those who were single.
3. Men in particular seem to benefit from a happy marriage. They are much less likely to die young, and less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke.
Why is a happy marriage so good for you? There are many theories. One theory is that there is less risky behavior when couples are happily married: less drinking, drug use, and other unhealthy behaviors. Also, there is someone to remind you to take care of yourself and that your well-being is important to them.
It’s important to realize that these benefits are seen when a person is HAPPILY married. Abusive, unsupportive, unhappy marriages are harmful to one’s health. Women in particular suffer health consequences from the stress of an unhappy marriage.
I’m so happy and excited for Amanda and Brandon as they start their new life together! Here’s a picture of the happy couple!
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. McQueen! <3