Healthfully ever after, or why marriage is good for you

Here’s an interesting statistic from the latest census data: For the first time since they’ve been keeping track, more American households are headed by unmarried adults than married ones. The main reasons? Younger people are waiting longer to get married, and the growing population of older people are more likely to be widowed or divorced later in life.

The number of unmarried couples living together has doubled, from 6 percent to 12 percent, over the past decade. We don’t know how many of those unmarried couples are same sex couples who’d get married if they could.

We do know that the latest research shows that a happy marriage is a big contributor to physical and psychological health. We checked in with experts who study married couples, and with two couples who may be more qualified than the professionals to talk about health and marriage. Between them they’ve tallied 112 years as Mr. and Mrs.

 
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  • lynn gweeney

    this was a sweet segment.  my parents celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary this past wednesday.  i still cannot believe it.  i think we’ll see fewer and fewer of these for lots of obvious reasons.  coupling up shows a certain respect, dedication and responsibility for another human being with a lot of laughter for good measure.  :)

  • Russellmetheny

    This was a great segment. These stunning couples truly sing the body (and soul) electric. 

  • Brenda

    Great video…I enjoyed it. Being there for each other….how could that not keep you healthy and happy !

  • Jjcookie6

    marriage between two compatible individuals is good for your health….not just being married to anyone :)

  • guest

    Marriage,as popularly known, is not looking at each other but looking in the same direction. Only those who carried through with love and understanding had a healthy life and lived longer than average people. Others lived with lot of problems. It may sound odd but a man is not complete until he is married

  • guest

    Marriage,as popularly known, is not looking at each other but looking in the same direction. Only those who carried through with love and understanding had a healthy life and lived longer than average people. Others lived with lot of problems. It may sound odd but a man is not complete until he is married