Benefits of Marriage, Part 1: Emotional

Married couple kissing.

Many people grow up dreaming of the day they’ll find their perfect partner. Whether you’ve watched romantic movies, listened to sappy love songs or just witnessed devoted couples in everyday life, it may still surprise you to find out that entering into a lifetime partnership with someone has a plethora of emotional benefits.

1. It fights depression

Did you know that getting hitched can actually reduce your chance of developing depression? It’s true! Married couples report less depression and more support from their partners than their single counterparts, according to an article in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. When you think about it, this makes sense — after all, having someone trustworthy to talk to about our most intense feelings and emotions can have a huge effect on how we deal with them.

2. It’s a mood enhancer

Despite the common joke that marriage is stress-inducing, studies show that married couples produce lower levels of “stress hormones” like cortisol, resulting in less anxiety and stress and, consequently, better moods for all those involved. This feel-good effect even extends to children who are being raised within married families.

3. It increases social support

If you’re worried that getting married will result in fewer friendships, think again. An article in The Journals of Gerontology discussed how older married couples actually have more of a sense of community than those who are simply cohabiting. In addition, another study concluded that married mothers receive more social support than both single and cohabiting mothers.

4. It reduces rates of addiction

A study done by Dr. Walter Forrest and Professor Carter Hay on marijuana use found that those who went on to marry were “less likely to have continued using the drug than those who remained single.” Apparently, tying the knot results in increased self-control, leading to a reduction of alcohol- and drug-related problems and dependence.

5. It leads to better intimacy

It’s no surprise that marriage promotes intimacy, but what you may not be aware of is that married couples seem to have no trouble bringing this closeness into the bedroom. The 1992 National Health and Social Life survey supports the finding that married men report more satisfaction in their sex lives than single men.

6. It makes you happier

There’s no doubt about it: Married couples report being happy far more often than unmarried or divorced people do. The National Opinion Research Center surveyed 35,000 men and women and discovered that while only 24% of single people reported they were “very happy,” 40% of those married felt ecstatic in their everyday lives.

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12 comments
  1. I enjoy being married, however my beautiful wife is not in the best health, it’s hard to watch her going through all the things that she is , not complaining, we are in our middle 60s both have had good lives! I simply love her n wish things were different as for as her health, but such is life! So enjoy things as they come, may God bless us all each n every one.

  2. Thanks for the great article!
    Twenty-six years of marriage while raising five adopted kids has only made me a better husband, father, and child of God. One thing I never doubt is that my wife has my back and I have hers!!!

  3. Sorry, been married for over 30 years and could not disagree MORE with this info! Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband, but being married does NOT lessen stress, in fact, it adds to it BECAUSE of my hubby!! I swear that most of the husbands that I’ve seen, seem to revert back to being 7 and thinking that their wife is their MOM!!

    I find it extremely interesting that of all of my friends (or their Moms), whom are now a widow, are dead set against getting married again…..EVER! They make comments like, “I’m all done being a babysitter”, “I’m all done being a maid”, “I’m sick of being told what to do and when”, and my favorite, “I’ve already served my sentence!”

    In contrast, a lot of men would (and DO), remarry and view marriage as being a “great” thing – which in most cases, if you’re the man, it is!

    1. Hi Polly, thanks for sharing your experience. This blog post uses studies and surveys to support the data written about — there are likely to be outliers on either side, but it reports on a generalized experience of marriage based on scientific data. You’ve raised some good points and certainly given us something to think about!

      1. I think that a whole lot of the studies & survey results vary depending on a person’s age, how long they’ve been married, their employment (do they work from home), or are they retired? If someone’s been married less than 5 years, I could definitely see them having different answers as compared to someone who’d been married 25+ years. Heck, even MY answers would’ve been different back then! I’d be very curious to see the results of a survey done asking the exact same questions of people married different lengths of time and the answers divided according to gender.

        1. If you’d like to take a closer look at the data, this study showing reduced levels of stress hormones was done on people with a median age of 27-29, half of whom were married: http://primate.uchicago.edu/2010Stress.pdf. The instances of lowered stress hormones was consistent among men and women. This study was done on married and cohabiting couples over 50: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jomf.12431 and showed decreased instances of depression among both married men and women, though the men’s decrease did seem to be larger than the women. This study surveyed married, single and divorced men and women between the ages of 21 and 55: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0306453016308058, and showed lower levels of stress hormones among married men and women as opposed to divorced or never married. If you end up digging a little deeper, let me know! Just thought I’d provide a little further information on the subject.

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