Health: Say I Do to Health

Studies show marriage can be good for your health--as long as it's a happy one

I got married two weeks ago. I did it for love, certainly, but it got me thinking about the other rewards of marriage--in particular, the potential health benefits. Not surprisingly, marriage, the most enduring and complicated of human relationships, can have a favorable impact on one's emotional and physical well-being. But that's not guaranteed, and it doesn't come for free.

There's a large body of medical literature showing that married people tend to be healthier and live longer than singles. But newer research adds an important caveat: the quality of the marriage matters. Marital stress, logically enough, is not good...

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