ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Who Enjoys Better Health Marrieds or Singles?

Updated on March 20, 2008

Should you marry or stay single for health?

Health and happiness have been demonstrated by researchers again and again as being inexorably linked to love, marriage, family, children and health, including lower blood pressure, contentment, and longer life.

Marriage is responsible for decreasing feelings of alienation and loneliness, while at the same time increasing a persons need to feel wanted, by both spouse and children. They feel more connected to the community.

Families, overall, enjoy less stress, though at times they might disagree. It's true that everyone experiences stress, but those in a closely nit family unit appear to handle stress in a more adaptive manner and have more resources available to deal with it.

Furthermore, they avoid many of the stresses that bring on crisis by handling things like bills in a more timely manner. It appears that in marriage at least, two heads are better than one.

From the standpoint of community outreach, spirituality, and values implicit in church activities, a sense of belonging and committing to higher power are inter-generational activities that contribute to overall happiness and good health.

If marriage is so healthy, why the high divorce rate? Detractors of marriage point to this seemingly damming statistic to show that marriage is not working at all and there is no good reason for marriage today. However, most men and women do remarry within a relatively short time after they divorce, giving rise to widespread acceptance of multiple marriage and the high incidence of blended families. Many children enjoy more than one mom or dad.

Like society, which banded together for mutual support, security, and need to be with others, families and marriage have similar beginnings with some added benefits of marriage. They include wide acceptance by society including religion, and the benefits of acquiring property and possessions through right of inheritance.

Most singles live a less healthy lifestyle, feel more alienation and loneliness than married counterparts, and contrary to popular belief, are less satisfied with sexual encounters. It is certain that men, for whatever reason, are buying more sexual stimulation or performance drugs than ever before. Researchers are working on this troubling statistic now and preliminary results should be available soon. It is known that younger, single men are buying these products in great numbers.

For those of you who already knew the healthy benefits of marriage, this will confirm what you already know. For you singles, maybe it's time to take the magic step that puts you in the same shoes as those healthy, happily singles who walked down the aisle to a lifetime of love, family, and good health.

Don't forget the jokes. As my daughter says, misery loves company! (she is happily married and content with three, beautiful children).

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • ripplemaker profile image

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi solarcaptain, I had to read this hub to understand why you said you didn't like the word "single" LOL Years ago, I would have cringed at the word too. But I realized that whatever state I am in, the important thing is to be whole from within...and to love and accept myself. This way I could enter into relationships with a better frame of mind. By relationships, this includes marriage, friendships, family and people we closely work with. :-)

      --michelle, ripplemaker

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)