Simply put, companionship is the good feeling that comes from being with someone else. Knowing that someone is there for you and ready to support you can make life’s transitions smoother. Companionship is especially beneficial in terms of emotional health, as one study shows that married women and men are less likely to experience mental illness such as dementia and severe depression.
According to the New York Times, contemporary studies show married couples are less likely to experience pneumonia, heart attacks, or be diagnosed with cancer. Married women and men are also five percent less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.
This may make some people laugh, considering the ongoing joke about the lack of sex in marriage. But, research shows that couples who maintain an active and healthy sex life tend to have better sleeping habits which can lead to a stronger immune system. Sex also burns calories, which can contribute to maintaining a healthy BMI, or body mass index.
For couples who choose to merge financially, marriage can mean huge savings. Sharing a mortgage can be far less expensive than renting two separate apartments. You can also save money by buying in bulk on pretty much everything from home items to cell phone plans and health insurance. There are also multiple tax breaks if you decide to file jointly. Keeping your financial health under control can prepare you for a smooth retirement.
Sharing parental responsibilities can lower stress for you, your spouse, and your children. Typically, two-parent households provide better supervision, support, and resources for the entire family.
We tend to forget things as we age. But according to research from Celia Harris from Macquarie University, intimate couples develop an “interpersonal cognitive system” from which they can rely on to fill memory gaps. A high level of intimacy is crucial to the effectiveness of shared memories.
Teamwork makes the dream work, right? This saying not only applies to school and work environments. It also applies to your marriage. According to US News, married people are more likely to have stronger social networks because they have access to each others contacts, which can provide important connections and resources.