Marriage can be a tax break – and most of us have made a joke about marriage “breaking” us. Research shows, however, that healthy, unmarried people who rated their health as “excellent” were, on average, 75 percent more likely to die during the 20 year period studied than married people. The benefits declined, however, as people’s health or marriage declined. Unmarried people in “fair” health were only 40 percent more likely to die than married people.
The American Psychological Association found that couples who later divorced had 34 percent higher levels of norepinephrine in their blood. Norepinephrine is a stress hormone – and the implication is, of course, that being married is less stressful, or not being married is more stressful. Professor Janet Kiecolt-Glaser, from the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at Ohio State University states that “marital quality is a good predictor of subsequent health” and how personal relationships, especially marriage, can translate into positive health outcomes. When a new Star Trek movie comes out, Mr. Spock will have to change his greeting to ….”Get married, live long and prosper”!
Until next time…