Benefits of a Happy and Healthy Marriage

Contrary to popular belief, numerous marriage research studies have proven that there are many benefits for women, men, children and youth for being in happy marriages. The following is a listing of many of those benefits for women, men and the children involved in happy and healthy marriages:

Benefits of a Happy and Healthy Marriage for Women

Researchers have found many benefits for women who are in healthy, happy marriages that include the following:

  • Emotionally healthier
  • More satisfying relationship
  • Wealthier
  • Less likely to be victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes
  • Less likely to attempt or commit suicide
  • Decrease risk of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Less likely to contract STD’s
  • Less likely to remain or end up in poverty
  • Have better relationships with their children
  • Physically healthier

Benefits of a Happy and Healthy Marriage for Men

Researchers have found many benefits for men who are in healthy, happy marriages that include the following:

  • Liver longer
  • Physically healthier
  • Wealthier
  • Increase in the stability of employment
  • Higher wages
  • Emotionally healthier
  • Decrease risk of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Have better relationships with their children
  • More satisfying sexual relationship
  • Less likely to commit violent crimes
  • Less likely to contract STD’s
  • Less likely to attempt or commit suicide

Benefits of a Happy and Healthy Marriage for Children & Youth

Researchers have found many benefits for children who are raised by parents in healthy, happy marriages include the following:

  • More likely to attend college
  • More likely to succeed academically
  • Physically healthier
  • Emotionally healthier
  • Less likely to attempt or commit suicide
  • Demonstrate less behavioral problems in school
  • Less likely to be a victim of physical or sexual abuse
  • Less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol
  • Less likely to commit delinquent behaviors
  • Have better relationships with their mothers and fathers
  • Decreases their chances of divorcing when they get married
  • Less likely to become pregnant as a teenager, or impregnate someone
  • Less likely to be sexually active as teenagers
  • Less likely to contract STD’S
  • Less likely to be raised in poverty

Happy and Healthy Marriages…

You see, the effort you put into your marriage really does have farther implications than just you and your husband getting along. Your marriage impacts every area of your life, your spouse’s life and your children’s life.  We believe happy and healthy marriage can even impact our communities and society as a whole.  It really is worth the effort.

Source: Why Marriage Matters, Second Edition: Twenty-Six Conclusions from the Social Sciences, September 2005

Also see: What Is A Healthy Marriage?, Kristin Anderson Moore; Susan M. Jekielek; Jacinta Bronte-Tinkew; Lina Guzman; Suzanne Ryan; Zahia Redd, September 2004

 
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