Marriage and longevity

Married men and married women live, on average, two years longer than their unmarried counterparts. One reason for this longevity benefit is the influence of marital partners on healthy behaviors.

The Conversation

The new year is traditionally a time when many people feel a renewed commitment to create healthy habits, such as exercising regularly, drinking more water or eating more healthfully.


Belonging

Marriage provides partners with a sense of belonging, more opportunities for social engagement and reduced feelings of loneliness.

exercise

Women tend to take the lead in promoting healthy behaviors, benefiting their husbands.

Libby Richards is an associate professor of Nursing, Melissa Franks is an associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Rosie Shrout is an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. This article originally was published on “The Conversation.”

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