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The Top Five Benefits of Being Married

Updated on January 26, 2023
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Cristale Adams is an online author and publisher. Her articles vary in topics and focus on real life. She always enjoys learning new things.

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Marriage is a special union between two people that is legally binding. The parties within the marriage are referred to as spouses. Each spouse is granted certain rights and is required by law to fulfill certain obligations contained in the contract.

Marriage is formally defined as an institution of an interpersonal relationship and is commonly known as wedlock or matrimony.

Marriage contains many more serious facets than any other relationship, pertaining to legality as well as the emotional and physical needs of the spouses. Marriage is a much more permanent relationship, other than blood-related family, and only legal marriage is lawfully recognized.


The Marriage Ceremony

A legally binding marriage begins with a marriage license application.

Next is the formalized wedding ceremony that is performed by a judge, a clergyman, or another validated official at the location of the couple's choosing.

During the wedding ceremony, rings are generally exchanged as a symbol and as a daily reminder of the commitments and promises they have made to one another that are legally binding. The commitments and promises that are made are called vows. These commitments and promises are also an expression of one spouse's love for the other spouse. There are traditional vows that may be said during the wedding ceremony or creative and unique ones may be written instead.

Finally, the marriage ceremony always requires witnesses and an approved marriage license for signing, which is a legally binding contract. The marriage license must be filed with the local court system for legal documentation and certain requirements after the ceremony, such as a name change.

*The type and size of the wedding ceremony can vary, depending on the couple's preferences.

'Til Death Do Us Part
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The Many Benefits of Marriage

Marriage has many benefits because being married is very different than dating a person or being in a serious relationship. It is definitely better than being single for the rest of one's life.

Marriage is a permanent commitment that should be based on love, meaning the creation of roots and a future with another person to share your life with. In the end, marriage is a good thing and beneficial to the population of this earth.

This article is about the top five benefits of being married, although there are many for husbands and wives to enjoy.

1. Marriage is Heart Healthy.

New and recent studies have shown that a person who is married tends to be in better health than a person who is single. This is because married people tend to eat healthier, take less risk, regularly visit the doctor, and are just more responsible in general.

Married people have a decreased percentage of getting cancer, heart disease, and heart attacks. Marriage also aids in the protection from minor ailments such as a cold and the flu. Married men and married women have a lower depression rate and a lower psychiatric disorder rate.

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2. Married People Have Longer Lives.

It's a proven fact that married men and married women live longer than single people do!

Marriage changes people and their lifestyles in a positive way including healthier and more active choices, such as diet and exercise. It has been said that being married can keep a spouse out of trouble and encourages better decision-making skills. Being married always seems to keep people more grounded because married people become more responsible and mature which means different priorities, better decision-making, and planning for the future.

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3. Marriage = Increased Tax Return Each Year!

Instead of claiming single with no dependents, married couples can now claim a joint tax return.

Children can be claimed as dependents.

The standard deduction for married couples filing jointly for the 2022 tax year is about $25k compared to only about $12k for single filers.

Marriage also increases charitable donations amount to double for a bigger tax write-off.

Just like the amount paid on the taxable income threshold is better for married filers at $648k, instead of $539k for single filers.


4. Married Men Get Promoted Faster Than Single Men.

An older study demonstrated that married men do get promotions faster than single men. Married men could advance their career in as little as six years, as opposed to single men that could take them more than six years to advance.

This is because the man has always been known as the head of the household for income. That fact is taken into consideration when regarding employment and careers. Married men tend to work harder due to the increased responsibilities and expenses.


5. Marriage Increases Household Income.

Married people tend to have a higher salary. This is because of dependents and other responsibilities. This makes accomplishing goals for the future much more attainable because now there are two people working towards the same goal, like purchasing a home.

Married couples can also benefit from shared living expenses. Spouses have a double income and partial responsibility for expenses, instead of just one income and all the responsibility of expenses.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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