There have been jokes around forever about marriage and getting married but, despite the gags, and even the critics, marriage remains a popular lifestyle choice. Why? Because, aside from being a wonderful and fun institution, there are plenty of terrific benefits. Here are just 10:
You make more money
Yep, it’s true! Marriage means you have the chance to share your expenses and pool your resources and incomes. So, you’ll have fewer costs and greater revenue. For example, one rent rather than two – or one mortgage rather than two. From a business point of view, marriage is a brilliant economic move. In saying that, disproportionately, women generally retire with less money than men in their super. If either of you opts to take leave to care for a child, for example, make sure you are safeguarding your future and talk to your partner about ensuring you are still putting money into your super.
Improve your longevity
Study after study tell us that married people live longer than their unmarried counterparts and that they’re happier, however, most recently, a Harvard study showed that married people were far more likely than unmarried people to detect cancer in its earlier stages – and, therefore, seek treatment. One could assume that the pressure from a loved one to seek out medical attention when something may be going on.
Share your worries
We all go through stress with work, relationships, finance, etc. Being married means you have someone to share your difficulties with, to talk things over with and to make plans for recovery. You have a built-in buddy!
It’s great to know what someone is thinking without them saying a word. You get that when you spend a lot of time with someone. It can be a reprimand or an invitation or any other matter. It’s a language unique to a long term couple.
Build that family tree
Though marriage isn’t the only way to start a family, it is the traditional way to do so – and to carry on the family name. Marriage is often a signifier that two families are becoming one.
Improve your life
Marriage offers many challenges. Being in love is great but adapting to your partner teaches you all sorts of things such as patience, understanding, kindness and perseverance. Being married can make you a better human being.
You gain new friends
Your partner’s friends can become your friends. Each partner will bring their own friends to the relationship and, just as you share other parts of your life, you’ll also share and grow your circle of friends.
You’ll never go on another awkward date
Having a life-partner means you’ll know their likes and dislikes. Whenever you go out together, you’ll feel confident. You know their favourite meals and drinks. You know their reading and movie likes. You’ve got the best date possible waiting for you at home.
Your sex life is more rewarding
Many married couples say that their sex life takes on a new and deeper meaning. Sex is more intimate and you have the luxury of time to really get to know one another on a sexual level.
Again researchers constantly tell us that, for the most part, married folk are far happier for longer periods of time than single people. Humans naturally seek out companionship!