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Almost as common as the perception that newlyweds live in constant bliss is the perception that people who’ve been married a while are miserable. Thankfully, it’s not true. A recent study found that married people are happier than those who are single, divorced, living together, or widowed. In fact, being married was more important to your happiness than your salary or owning a home.
I'll raise a glass to that!
Single people like to think they’re the ones getting all the action in the bedroom, but it’s actually your married friends who are getting funky. Research shows that married people report higher levels of sexual satisfaction than sexually active singles and couples who are just living together.
Don’t believe everything you see on a sitcom.
Keep your precious plasma to yourself (if you want). Research shows that marriage helps generate income and wealth. Married men earn between 10 and 40% more than single men with similar education and job histories. Married people save more and can pool resources better than single people. Fact is, married couples just have more money overall to hoard like some kind of greedy dragon.
It’s all about the Benjamins baby!
At least for longer than single people. Studies are finding that married couples experience lower levels of heart disease, cancers, flu, Alzheimer’s, depression, and stress. Married couples also tend to live longer and bounce back from health problems.
You have every reason to be optimistic. With your decision to get married, you’re already starting to plan and invest for your future. Research shows that married individuals achieve almost twice the net worth of singles. And if you have kids, they’ll be better off, too. Kids in families with their married biological parents are more successful in school and have the highest test scores.
The future is pretty bright!
After taking this quiz, you’re probably thinking married life looks pretty good, so why not just elope? While that sounds fun and exciting, we think you should probably continue with your wedding plans and invite that second cousin. We’re sure he’ll have some fascinating things to say when he gives an impromptu wedding toast.
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“Make a plan together!”
“Don’t get so upset over the little things.”
“Learn to listen more than you speak.”
“Work now to be the person you want your spouse to like.”
“Listen to your gut. Pay attention to what you want to do and don’t feel guilty for doing it.”
“Enjoy the moment!”