Secrets of Happy Marriages

Carlsbad, CAA popular Christmas song calls this the “hap-happiest season of all.” This is true for many couples who get engaged during the holiday season.

In honor of that, we’re looking at what several studies have discovered about marriage and happiness.

Secrets of Happy Marriages

Can’t get no satisfaction? Get married. That’s what a 2014 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found. Researchers used data from the British Household Panel Survey and found that those who are married are generally more satisfied than single people.

Would you like to live long and prosper? Research shows that married men are mentally and physically healthier than single men, and tend to outlive them as a result, according to Men’s Journal.

Women also experience longevity benefits from marriage. One study reported in The Guardian found that husbands and wives were up to 15 percent less likely to die prematurely.

Harvard University researchers looked at marital status and the 10 leading cancer-related causes of death. They found that “married patients were less likely to present with metastatic disease,” according to an article published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology in November 2013. They also were less likely to die from their cancer.

“This study highlights the potentially significant impact that social support can have on cancer detection, treatment and survival,” the article stated.

One study suggests that simply being married isn’t enough to provide longevity benefits. It must be a quality marriage. The Journal for Epidemiology and Community Health found that couples who fought frequently with each other were twice as likely to die during the study period than couples who got along without a great deal of strife.

The Beatles said money can’t buy you love, but research conducted by Ohio State University discovered that love can earn you more money. Let’s face it: Happiness is a bit easier to achieve when you aren’t stressed about your finances.

OSU economist and research scientist Jay Zagorsky reviewed data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and found that over time, single people slowly increased their net worth, while married respondents experienced “per person net worth increases of 77 percent over single respondents,” according to a Journal of Sociology article. For each year people were married, their wealth increased 16 percent on average. People who were divorced saw their wealth decrease four years prior to their divorce, and they saw their average wealth decrease 77 percent.

If you’re planning to pop the question this holiday season, we hope these studies give you confidence that you’re making the right move. Happy holidays!

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