7 Reasons to Get Hitched

Marriage has physical, emotional and financial benefits
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2008 6:55 PM CDT
There are a number of compelling physical, emotional and financial reasons to get or stay married.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – If you're considering getting married—or divorced—it may be time to mull over Maclean's reasons why matrimony is healthy:

  • Married people have less chance of dying from car accidents, cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, heart attacks, and homicide.
  • Men who divorce or separate are six times more likely to be depressed than those who stick with it; women, 3.5 times more likely.
  • Two words: combined income. Married people usually have more money when they retire, too.

  • Young married couples with kids are more likely to buy a home than singles who earn just as much.
  • Married women and men are less likely to be raped or assaulted.
  • Married people volunteer more and give more to charity.
  • Husbands and wives get more sex, more frequently—and some studies suggest they even enjoy it more.

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