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From cooking at home more often to drinking less alcohol, find out why happily married couples have longer life expectancies

Marriage generally leads to higher levels of happiness.

Studies have shown that married couples — married men in particular — tend to live longer than their unmarried counterparts. It seems that being married (and yes, the studies have shown that this is even more true for married couples rather than cohabiting couples) improves both your physical and mental health, making you fitter, happier, and healthier than single people. There are many theories — ranging from reliable emotional support to lower alcohol consumption — that explain why being married seems to increase your life expectancy.

10 Reasons Married People Live Longer (Slideshow)

Researchers have found that married couples tend to both smoke and drink less than unmarried people. This seems to be a result of having a spouse who is naturally always looking out for their other half’s physical health and well-being, keeping checks on and discouraging any or all of their unhealthy habits. Also, although this may be a generalization, the lower drinking rates in married couples may be a result of their being more content to spend a free evening cooking and relaxing in their own home rather than going out to drink and eat every Saturday evening.

Married couples (we’re obviously only referring to happily married couples, since unhappy marriages are only going to be detrimental to both physical and mental health) also tend to be happier, more confident, and less stressed than single people. As a nuclear couple, married couples often believe that together they can achieve anything, as they can rally together so it really is them against the world. Spouses typically support, encourage, entertain, and praise each other, while also acting as the other’s emotional sounding board whenever a rant, de-stress, or cry is necessary, which it often is to sustain positive mental health: It seems that for most people, being married does make you stronger.

In turn, this strong mental and emotional health affects your physical health, which circles back round to explain why studies have shown that happily married couples really do live longer than everybody else.


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There are many things you can do if you want to live a long, happy and healthy life – get plenty of exercise, watch what you eat, don't smoke or drink too much, or you can get married.

While for many years demographers found that men in spousal relationships lived longer than women in the same situation, recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on death rates shows people living in intimate relationships – both men and women – have lower death rates than single people in almost all age groups.

The ABS data, which compares the rate of death per 1,000 for single people versus married ones (including those in de facto relationships), shows the difference in death rates between single and married people starts in the 40s and continues across the lifespan.

The difference spikes in the 70-84 year old age group where the death rate for single people is almost double that of their married friends.

In the last 20 years, married women have started to enjoy a longer life span than their single counterparts, says Professor Peter McDonald from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.

While demographers are not altogether sure why the situation has changed for married women in recent times, McDonald says there are several reasons experts believe married couples live longer.

For a start, those who are at greater risk of dying are less likely to get hitched.

"If you're going to die then you don't get married, or if you've got some terrible disease you don't get married," he says.

"So those with potentially high death risks are selected out into the single population."

There's also the 'in sickness and in health' factor. People living in intimate relationships are more likely to have someone looking after them when they're sick, telling them when to go to the doctor or encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Single people don't have someone there caring for them and suggesting their lifestyle needs changing," McDonald says.

And then there's the power of two incomes.

"There's probably an economic advantage, married people are probably better off in economic terms, there's a strong association between economic well being and expectation of life as well – those who are well off live longer."

So if you're single and you want to live a long and healthy life, if the stats are anything to go by, you might want to consider adding 'find partner for life' to your next New Year's resolution list.

Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. He was interviewed by Claudine Ryan.


ABC Health & Wellbeing

Our expert: Peter McDonald


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There are many things you can do if you want to live a long, happy and healthy life – get plenty of exercise, watch what you eat, don't smoke or drink too much, or you can get married.

While for many years demographers found that men in spousal relationships lived longer than women in the same situation, recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on death rates shows people living in intimate relationships – both men and women – have lower death rates than single people in almost all age groups.

The ABS data, which compares the rate of death per 1,000 for single people versus married ones (including those in de facto relationships), shows the difference in death rates between single and married people starts in the 40s and continues across the lifespan.

The difference spikes in the 70-84 year old age group where the death rate for single people is almost double that of their married friends.

In the last 20 years, married women have started to enjoy a longer life span than their single counterparts, says Professor Peter McDonald from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.

While demographers are not altogether sure why the situation has changed for married women in recent times, McDonald says there are several reasons experts believe married couples live longer.

For a start, those who are at greater risk of dying are less likely to get hitched.

"If you're going to die then you don't get married, or if you've got some terrible disease you don't get married," he says.

"So those with potentially high death risks are selected out into the single population."

There's also the 'in sickness and in health' factor. People living in intimate relationships are more likely to have someone looking after them when they're sick, telling them when to go to the doctor or encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Single people don't have someone there caring for them and suggesting their lifestyle needs changing," McDonald says.

And then there's the power of two incomes.

"There's probably an economic advantage, married people are probably better off in economic terms, there's a strong association between economic well being and expectation of life as well – those who are well off live longer."

So if you're single and you want to live a long and healthy life, if the stats are anything to go by, you might want to consider adding 'find partner for life' to your next New Year's resolution list.

Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. He was interviewed by Claudine Ryan.


ABC Health & Wellbeing

Our expert: Peter McDonald


[Image source: iStockphoto ]

Have your say

Is married life healthier than singledom? Have your say on the messageboard below.
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There are many things you can do if you want to live a long, happy and healthy life – get plenty of exercise, watch what you eat, don't smoke or drink too much, or you can get married.

While for many years demographers found that men in spousal relationships lived longer than women in the same situation, recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on death rates shows people living in intimate relationships – both men and women – have lower death rates than single people in almost all age groups.

The ABS data, which compares the rate of death per 1,000 for single people versus married ones (including those in de facto relationships), shows the difference in death rates between single and married people starts in the 40s and continues across the lifespan.

The difference spikes in the 70-84 year old age group where the death rate for single people is almost double that of their married friends.

In the last 20 years, married women have started to enjoy a longer life span than their single counterparts, says Professor Peter McDonald from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.

While demographers are not altogether sure why the situation has changed for married women in recent times, McDonald says there are several reasons experts believe married couples live longer.

For a start, those who are at greater risk of dying are less likely to get hitched.

"If you're going to die then you don't get married, or if you've got some terrible disease you don't get married," he says.

"So those with potentially high death risks are selected out into the single population."

There's also the 'in sickness and in health' factor. People living in intimate relationships are more likely to have someone looking after them when they're sick, telling them when to go to the doctor or encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Single people don't have someone there caring for them and suggesting their lifestyle needs changing," McDonald says.

And then there's the power of two incomes.

"There's probably an economic advantage, married people are probably better off in economic terms, there's a strong association between economic well being and expectation of life as well – those who are well off live longer."

So if you're single and you want to live a long and healthy life, if the stats are anything to go by, you might want to consider adding 'find partner for life' to your next New Year's resolution list.

Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. He was interviewed by Claudine Ryan.


ABC Health & Wellbeing

Our expert: Peter McDonald


[Image source: iStockphoto ]

Have your say

Is married life healthier than singledom? Have your say on the messageboard below.
Conditions of Use

There are many things you can do if you want to live a long, happy and healthy life – get plenty of exercise, watch what you eat, don't smoke or drink too much, or you can get married.

While for many years demographers found that men in spousal relationships lived longer than women in the same situation, recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on death rates shows people living in intimate relationships – both men and women – have lower death rates than single people in almost all age groups.

The ABS data, which compares the rate of death per 1,000 for single people versus married ones (including those in de facto relationships), shows the difference in death rates between single and married people starts in the 40s and continues across the lifespan.

The difference spikes in the 70-84 year old age group where the death rate for single people is almost double that of their married friends.

In the last 20 years, married women have started to enjoy a longer life span than their single counterparts, says Professor Peter McDonald from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.

While demographers are not altogether sure why the situation has changed for married women in recent times, McDonald says there are several reasons experts believe married couples live longer.

For a start, those who are at greater risk of dying are less likely to get hitched.

"If you're going to die then you don't get married, or if you've got some terrible disease you don't get married," he says.

"So those with potentially high death risks are selected out into the single population."

There's also the 'in sickness and in health' factor. People living in intimate relationships are more likely to have someone looking after them when they're sick, telling them when to go to the doctor or encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Single people don't have someone there caring for them and suggesting their lifestyle needs changing," McDonald says.

And then there's the power of two incomes.

"There's probably an economic advantage, married people are probably better off in economic terms, there's a strong association between economic well being and expectation of life as well – those who are well off live longer."

So if you're single and you want to live a long and healthy life, if the stats are anything to go by, you might want to consider adding 'find partner for life' to your next New Year's resolution list.

Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. He was interviewed by Claudine Ryan.


ABC Health & Wellbeing

Our expert: Peter McDonald


[Image source: iStockphoto ]

Have your say

Is married life healthier than singledom? Have your say on the messageboard below.
Conditions of Use

There are many things you can do if you want to live a long, happy and healthy life – get plenty of exercise, watch what you eat, don't smoke or drink too much, or you can get married.

While for many years demographers found that men in spousal relationships lived longer than women in the same situation, recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on death rates shows people living in intimate relationships – both men and women – have lower death rates than single people in almost all age groups.

The ABS data, which compares the rate of death per 1,000 for single people versus married ones (including those in de facto relationships), shows the difference in death rates between single and married people starts in the 40s and continues across the lifespan.

The difference spikes in the 70-84 year old age group where the death rate for single people is almost double that of their married friends.

In the last 20 years, married women have started to enjoy a longer life span than their single counterparts, says Professor Peter McDonald from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.

While demographers are not altogether sure why the situation has changed for married women in recent times, McDonald says there are several reasons experts believe married couples live longer.

For a start, those who are at greater risk of dying are less likely to get hitched.

"If you're going to die then you don't get married, or if you've got some terrible disease you don't get married," he says.

"So those with potentially high death risks are selected out into the single population."

There's also the 'in sickness and in health' factor. People living in intimate relationships are more likely to have someone looking after them when they're sick, telling them when to go to the doctor or encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Single people don't have someone there caring for them and suggesting their lifestyle needs changing," McDonald says.

And then there's the power of two incomes.

"There's probably an economic advantage, married people are probably better off in economic terms, there's a strong association between economic well being and expectation of life as well – those who are well off live longer."

So if you're single and you want to live a long and healthy life, if the stats are anything to go by, you might want to consider adding 'find partner for life' to your next New Year's resolution list.

Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. He was interviewed by Claudine Ryan.


ABC Health & Wellbeing

Our expert: Peter McDonald


[Image source: iStockphoto ]

Have your say

Is married life healthier than singledom? Have your say on the messageboard below.
Conditions of Use

There are many things you can do if you want to live a long, happy and healthy life – get plenty of exercise, watch what you eat, don't smoke or drink too much, or you can get married.

While for many years demographers found that men in spousal relationships lived longer than women in the same situation, recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on death rates shows people living in intimate relationships – both men and women – have lower death rates than single people in almost all age groups.

The ABS data, which compares the rate of death per 1,000 for single people versus married ones (including those in de facto relationships), shows the difference in death rates between single and married people starts in the 40s and continues across the lifespan.

The difference spikes in the 70-84 year old age group where the death rate for single people is almost double that of their married friends.

In the last 20 years, married women have started to enjoy a longer life span than their single counterparts, says Professor Peter McDonald from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.

While demographers are not altogether sure why the situation has changed for married women in recent times, McDonald says there are several reasons experts believe married couples live longer.

For a start, those who are at greater risk of dying are less likely to get hitched.

"If you're going to die then you don't get married, or if you've got some terrible disease you don't get married," he says.

"So those with potentially high death risks are selected out into the single population."

There's also the 'in sickness and in health' factor. People living in intimate relationships are more likely to have someone looking after them when they're sick, telling them when to go to the doctor or encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Single people don't have someone there caring for them and suggesting their lifestyle needs changing," McDonald says.

And then there's the power of two incomes.

"There's probably an economic advantage, married people are probably better off in economic terms, there's a strong association between economic well being and expectation of life as well – those who are well off live longer."

So if you're single and you want to live a long and healthy life, if the stats are anything to go by, you might want to consider adding 'find partner for life' to your next New Year's resolution list.

Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. He was interviewed by Claudine Ryan.


ABC Health & Wellbeing

Our expert: Peter McDonald


[Image source: iStockphoto ]

Have your say

Is married life healthier than singledom? Have your say on the messageboard below.
Conditions of Use

There are many things you can do if you want to live a long, happy and healthy life – get plenty of exercise, watch what you eat, don't smoke or drink too much, or you can get married.

While for many years demographers found that men in spousal relationships lived longer than women in the same situation, recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on death rates shows people living in intimate relationships – both men and women – have lower death rates than single people in almost all age groups.

The ABS data, which compares the rate of death per 1,000 for single people versus married ones (including those in de facto relationships), shows the difference in death rates between single and married people starts in the 40s and continues across the lifespan.

The difference spikes in the 70-84 year old age group where the death rate for single people is almost double that of their married friends.

In the last 20 years, married women have started to enjoy a longer life span than their single counterparts, says Professor Peter McDonald from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.

While demographers are not altogether sure why the situation has changed for married women in recent times, McDonald says there are several reasons experts believe married couples live longer.

For a start, those who are at greater risk of dying are less likely to get hitched.

"If you're going to die then you don't get married, or if you've got some terrible disease you don't get married," he says.

"So those with potentially high death risks are selected out into the single population."

There's also the 'in sickness and in health' factor. People living in intimate relationships are more likely to have someone looking after them when they're sick, telling them when to go to the doctor or encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Single people don't have someone there caring for them and suggesting their lifestyle needs changing," McDonald says.

And then there's the power of two incomes.

"There's probably an economic advantage, married people are probably better off in economic terms, there's a strong association between economic well being and expectation of life as well – those who are well off live longer."

So if you're single and you want to live a long and healthy life, if the stats are anything to go by, you might want to consider adding 'find partner for life' to your next New Year's resolution list.

Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. He was interviewed by Claudine Ryan.


ABC Health & Wellbeing

Our expert: Peter McDonald


[Image source: iStockphoto ]

Have your say

Is married life healthier than singledom? Have your say on the messageboard below.
Conditions of Use

There are many things you can do if you want to live a long, happy and healthy life – get plenty of exercise, watch what you eat, don't smoke or drink too much, or you can get married.

While for many years demographers found that men in spousal relationships lived longer than women in the same situation, recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on death rates shows people living in intimate relationships – both men and women – have lower death rates than single people in almost all age groups.

The ABS data, which compares the rate of death per 1,000 for single people versus married ones (including those in de facto relationships), shows the difference in death rates between single and married people starts in the 40s and continues across the lifespan.

The difference spikes in the 70-84 year old age group where the death rate for single people is almost double that of their married friends.

In the last 20 years, married women have started to enjoy a longer life span than their single counterparts, says Professor Peter McDonald from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.

While demographers are not altogether sure why the situation has changed for married women in recent times, McDonald says there are several reasons experts believe married couples live longer.

For a start, those who are at greater risk of dying are less likely to get hitched.

"If you're going to die then you don't get married, or if you've got some terrible disease you don't get married," he says.

"So those with potentially high death risks are selected out into the single population."

There's also the 'in sickness and in health' factor. People living in intimate relationships are more likely to have someone looking after them when they're sick, telling them when to go to the doctor or encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Single people don't have someone there caring for them and suggesting their lifestyle needs changing," McDonald says.

And then there's the power of two incomes.

"There's probably an economic advantage, married people are probably better off in economic terms, there's a strong association between economic well being and expectation of life as well – those who are well off live longer."

So if you're single and you want to live a long and healthy life, if the stats are anything to go by, you might want to consider adding 'find partner for life' to your next New Year's resolution list.

Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. He was interviewed by Claudine Ryan.


ABC Health & Wellbeing

Our expert: Peter McDonald


[Image source: iStockphoto ]

Have your say

Is married life healthier than singledom? Have your say on the messageboard below.
Conditions of Use

There are many things you can do if you want to live a long, happy and healthy life – get plenty of exercise, watch what you eat, don't smoke or drink too much, or you can get married.

While for many years demographers found that men in spousal relationships lived longer than women in the same situation, recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on death rates shows people living in intimate relationships – both men and women – have lower death rates than single people in almost all age groups.

The ABS data, which compares the rate of death per 1,000 for single people versus married ones (including those in de facto relationships), shows the difference in death rates between single and married people starts in the 40s and continues across the lifespan.

The difference spikes in the 70-84 year old age group where the death rate for single people is almost double that of their married friends.

In the last 20 years, married women have started to enjoy a longer life span than their single counterparts, says Professor Peter McDonald from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.

While demographers are not altogether sure why the situation has changed for married women in recent times, McDonald says there are several reasons experts believe married couples live longer.

For a start, those who are at greater risk of dying are less likely to get hitched.

"If you're going to die then you don't get married, or if you've got some terrible disease you don't get married," he says.

"So those with potentially high death risks are selected out into the single population."

There's also the 'in sickness and in health' factor. People living in intimate relationships are more likely to have someone looking after them when they're sick, telling them when to go to the doctor or encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Single people don't have someone there caring for them and suggesting their lifestyle needs changing," McDonald says.

And then there's the power of two incomes.

"There's probably an economic advantage, married people are probably better off in economic terms, there's a strong association between economic well being and expectation of life as well – those who are well off live longer."

So if you're single and you want to live a long and healthy life, if the stats are anything to go by, you might want to consider adding 'find partner for life' to your next New Year's resolution list.

Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. He was interviewed by Claudine Ryan.


ABC Health & Wellbeing

Our expert: Peter McDonald


[Image source: iStockphoto ]

Have your say

Is married life healthier than singledom? Have your say on the messageboard below.
Conditions of Use

There are many things you can do if you want to live a long, happy and healthy life – get plenty of exercise, watch what you eat, don't smoke or drink too much, or you can get married.

While for many years demographers found that men in spousal relationships lived longer than women in the same situation, recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on death rates shows people living in intimate relationships – both men and women – have lower death rates than single people in almost all age groups.

The ABS data, which compares the rate of death per 1,000 for single people versus married ones (including those in de facto relationships), shows the difference in death rates between single and married people starts in the 40s and continues across the lifespan.

The difference spikes in the 70-84 year old age group where the death rate for single people is almost double that of their married friends.

In the last 20 years, married women have started to enjoy a longer life span than their single counterparts, says Professor Peter McDonald from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute.

While demographers are not altogether sure why the situation has changed for married women in recent times, McDonald says there are several reasons experts believe married couples live longer.

For a start, those who are at greater risk of dying are less likely to get hitched.

"If you're going to die then you don't get married, or if you've got some terrible disease you don't get married," he says.

"So those with potentially high death risks are selected out into the single population."

There's also the 'in sickness and in health' factor. People living in intimate relationships are more likely to have someone looking after them when they're sick, telling them when to go to the doctor or encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Single people don't have someone there caring for them and suggesting their lifestyle needs changing," McDonald says.

And then there's the power of two incomes.

"There's probably an economic advantage, married people are probably better off in economic terms, there's a strong association between economic well being and expectation of life as well – those who are well off live longer."

So if you're single and you want to live a long and healthy life, if the stats are anything to go by, you might want to consider adding 'find partner for life' to your next New Year's resolution list.

Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. He was interviewed by Claudine Ryan.



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