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Marriage is Good For Your Health!… Until It’s Not

Marriage: When it’s good, it’s very good. But when it’s bad, it’s… deadly?

New York Times Magazine recently published this long piece on whether marriage is good for your health or not. Very early studies into the matter, circa 1858, concluded that marriage is a healthy estate and that single people died from disease “in undue proportion” to their married counterparts.

Marriage is good for your health

New, updated research is being carried out on the subject of marriage and health at the moment, with researchers finding that it is not simply the act of being married that ensures you better health, but whether the marriage is a happy one or not.

Says the article:

“While it’s clear that marriage is profoundly connected to health and well-being, new research is increasingly presenting a more nuanced view of the so-called marriage advantage.

Several new studies, for instance, show that the marriage advantage doesn’t extend to those in troubled relationships, which can leave a person far less healthy than if he or she had never married at all.

One recent study suggests that a stressful marriage can be as bad for the heart as a regular smoking habit. And despite years of research suggesting that single people have poorer health than those who marry, a major study released last year concluded that single people who have never married have better health than those who married and then divorced.”

So happy married people are better off, health-wise, than single people. But if you’re going to be in a bad marriage, you may as well be single for the sake of your health. And if you’ve gotten divorced once, the research suggests that we find that experience so stressful that it’s hard to recover from.

Sounds intense.

This research is all borne from the emerging area of science known as psychoneuroimmunology, which concerns the interplay between behavior, the immune and endocrine systems and the brain and nervous system. Spiritual types have been onto this “you are what you think” field for years, seems like science is catching up now.

A bad marriage can be as bad for your heart as a smoking habit. Quite literally, if you have your heart broken you won’t ever fully recover?

What do you think?

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14 comments for “Marriage is Good For Your Health!… Until It’s Not”

  1. Posted by Allen Shan | August 31, 2010, 10:35 pm

    Every person suffered from bad relationships really affects their health not until they gain back their confidence to move on and live again. That’s why unhealthy marriage relationship may lead to a stressful life and really bad for every one’s health.

  2. Posted by Kad Lisce Pada | December 18, 2010, 7:34 am

    this is unfortunately true in many cases… I think it is better to be single and without stress, than in stressful marriage.

  3. Posted by Suri Cruise | December 27, 2010, 7:35 pm

    I think it is up to person. some people are always stressed, in any occasion… some are always smiling, even if they have a lot of problems behind.

  4. Posted by Tajna starog mosta | October 5, 2011, 6:05 pm

    also with relationships… when all is fine, it is good for your health. when the problems starts, then it is difficult to run away… :/

  5. Posted by Larin Izbor | February 8, 2012, 10:45 pm

    ah bad relationships can do so big disaster to you, so you never wish again to fell in love…

  6. Posted by Budva na pjenu od mora | February 10, 2012, 8:16 pm

    but also, when you do it again, all the bad things will be forgotten. I support going on after a break up/divorce…

  7. Posted by Ljubav i osveta | April 11, 2012, 12:05 am

    We have only one life and it is worth of living it to the fullest!

  8. Posted by Akademija Debelih | April 24, 2012, 2:08 am

    Thanks for wonderful post!

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  11. Posted by Pevaj brate | December 10, 2012, 6:19 am

    Ah, so truth.. my case!

  12. Posted by 20 minuta | March 20, 2013, 1:19 am

    true… unfortunately…

  13. Posted by Kako Vreme Prolazi | April 12, 2013, 3:02 am

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  14. Posted by Rodjendanske Poruke | March 20, 2017, 2:03 am

    Thanks for this article!

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