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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.