Having a family and living with a spouse gives individuals something to live for, compared to their single counterparts who may have been used to living a self-centered life.
They're less likely to commit suicide than their single counterparts, and they're more likely to do things like go to the doctor, get their check-ups, stop drinking alcohol, and take their medication because their wives stay on top of them.
Likewise, one study found that married people recovered much quicker from surgery than single people, because they had someone to take care of them.
Also, married people have greater psychosocial (or coping) resources than the non-married — higher self-esteem and greater mastery."At the same time, not having a spouse doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doomed to loneliness forever. With more time at your disposal, you may have more friends to surround yourself with.
Single people are far more likely to have a big group of people around them more often, which can make up for the "loneliness" they might feel in the romantic sense.
Doctors aren't entirely sure why, but it's possible that since marriages typically offer a person emotional support, physical and intellectual intimacy, as well as deeper social ties to family, they might lower blood pressure and improve heart health overall.
However, another recent study out of Michigan State University plays devil’s advocate: It found that people in a bad marriage were actually more likely to experience negative cardiovascular effects, compared to people in good marriages.
“But it’s not that every marriage is better than none. "At this point, hundreds of studies document a robust relationship between marriage and improved mental health: Married people report significantly fewer symptoms of depression and are significantly less likely to abuse substances than their non-married counterparts," Simon writes in Psychiatry Weekly.
The quality of marriage is really important.”For single people, while you may not have the advantage of your risk of cardiovascular disease being lowered like your married counterparts, you can offset that with some other heart-healthy benefits of being single, like an increased likelihood to exercise, take care of yourself on your own, and surround yourself with close friends and family which can all act as stress reducers. "This is because marriage provides social support — including emotional, financial, and instrumental support.
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It’s often up to the individual to maintain health on their own, but certain lifestyles and life choices — like career or marriage — can definitely have an effect on your health and longevity. Consistent research has shown that being married is actually good for your heart.