MARRIAGE HAS BIG BENEFITS FOR BODY AND MINDDespite the fact that young people may not be getting married with the same frequency they were, marriage still offers benefits to one's physical and mental health.
As a general rule of thumb, married people appear to have better health and live longer than unmarried people.
Others fear marriage in a larger sense, and opt to live together instead of tying the knot at all.
Even people who have no personal experience with divorce (say, of their parents or friends) are concerned about it happening to them. "That may be because there are so many high profile stories about divorce -- the Kim Kardashians, and J.
"If you're just living together, and if one of you decides they want to leave..." said one participant, "you can leave and it will just be OK ...
whereas if you're married you've got to go through lawyers and attorneys, and depending on the type of situation it is it can be an ugly divorce." Though cohabitation may be less legally tricky to end, whether it offers the same lifelong benefits as marriage in other important ways -- emotional and physical -- is still under investigation.Lo," says Sharon Sassler, associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University.Sassler studies people's attitudes toward marriage and divorce."What has changed over the past four decades," says Sassler, "has been men's ability to assume or play the role of primary provider.Their wages have fallen, they are less likely than women to have a college degree, and there are more alternatives to marriage (like cohabitation)." For men, avoiding marriage may free them of some of the responsibilities and financial pressures that have historically come along with marriage.They feel the potential pitfalls of divorce make them question whether marriage is worth it.People said the legal and financial stickiness of divorce was a "hassle," and that made them shy away from marriage.One reason for this increased interest in cohabitation over marriage may not be the fear of the union itself, so much as a concern for the possibility of its collapse.In other words, it may be the looming prospect of divorce that's driving more people to choose the question "Will you move in with me? " At the same time, research continues to show that marriage has measurable benefits, both mental and physical over cohabitation. Since it doesn't seem as though the marriage rate will turn around any time soon, we have to wonder how to reconcile the fact that young people are declining to marry while older people are reaping its benefits.And the research keeps coming in to support its benefits, particularly as we age.Even people who remarry after being divorced or widowed have better physical and mental health than their counterparts who remain single (though it's still not as good as those married for the long term).