Having been to a wedding over the weekend - which was lovely, it only seemed appropriate to blog about 'love and marriage'. As Antoine de Saint-Exupery stated "Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction."
In a recent study by Dr Roni Tower et al from Columbia and Yale Universities, it was found that the style of marriage you are in alters your chances of dying from a variety of medical conditions 'by a factor of up to five.' Previous research had already established that being married as opposed to being single was good for health, with positive effects being significantly greater for husbands when compared to wives. Dr Tower has now added to this knowledge by saying "it's vital to get the choice of partner right if you are going to get the full health benefits from marriage."
In the study Dr Tower asked married couples (out of earshot from each other) who they relied on most for emotional support and the lowest mortality rates were found for those who named their partner as their key source of emotional support and closeness. However, his reasearch also again showed that it's the male gender who benefit more from marriage in health and mortality terms. In fact, women don't appear to receive many health benefits from marriage compared to men... I'm only reporting the research.