Married couples who tend to see each other as best friends are more happier in life.

Found your significant other yet? If you do, date for a couple of seasons scoodlypooping. (Caution: Not meant for you religious ones). Alright, let’s get real: Walk the aisle, then say the vows, “… for better for worst, through sickness and in health, till death do us part.” Finally, “you may kiss the bride,” the preacher says. Live happily ever after like in the fairytales. No jokes, let’s be real here: being in love is one thing, but if you consider your spouse as your best friend, life gets really awesome than fairytale endings.

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You May Kiss Your Bride

The best known marriage jokes usually end with the notion of: the end of freedom, happiness, independence, and so on. This has been a longstanding stereotypical view of married couples, but new research points to relevant evidence that proves that married couples tend to be happier and healthier as compared to single people.

According to Robert H. Shmerling in an article published in the Harvard Health Publishing, compared the advantages of married couples to their lonely counterparts; Married couples tend to live longer, have fewer strokes and heart attacks, have a lower chance of becoming depressed, be less likely to have advanced cancer at the time of diagnosis, and more likely to survive cancer for a longer period of time. Like we said, this is no joke.

In a massive 2016 study conducted by researchers from several institutions including Aston Medical School and the University of East Anglia, found that being married could improve your chances of surviving a cardiac arrest. Specifically speaking, they concluded that, married people were 14 percent less likely to die after a heart failure than single people; and married people are more likely to spend less time in the hospital than single people. You see, no heartbreaks!

“Our results should not be a cause for concern for single people who have had a heart attack,” said Dr. Nicholas Gollop, from University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School, in a press release. “But they should certainly be a reminder to the medical community of the importance of considering the support a heart attack survivor will get once they’re discharged.”

I Now Pronounce You … 

You’re now wondering: why am I still single for goodness sake? Short answer: we know not. However, the study also fount that individual happiness of married couples was quite higher than single people, too. And not to be confused, we mean being in a healthy, happy relationship; but getting married isn’t an ultimate remedy for unhappy single people, either.

Also, in a 2014 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that married couples were more likely to be happier, but those who saw their spouse as their best friend were significantly higher than those who didn’t. In short, having your significant other as your best-friend-forever (BFF) means you’re probably twice as satisfied with your life than married couples who don’t do as such. 

“… those who are best friends with their partners have the largest well-being benefits from marriage and cohabitation, even when controlling for pre-marital well-being levels,” the researchers stated. “The well-being benefits of marriage are on average about twice as large for those (about half of the sample) whose spouse is also their best friend.”

For Better For Besties

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This is so true with one long-running study from the United Kingdom: between 1991 through to 2009, the British Household Panel Survey surveyed 30,000 people with a series of questions about their satisfaction in life. One of the questions was: “Who is your best friend?” People who stated that their spouse was their BFF were twice as much satisfied with life than those who said not. And of course, this isn’t absolutely necessary to have a happy marriage.

“The benefits of marriage are strong even for those who are littered with outside friends,” John Halliwell, an economics professor and happiness expert, told the New York Times. “It’s just bigger for those who consider their spouse their closest friend. It’s a bonus.”

Having a best friend is awesome, but having your best friend as your partner? Now that’s a real fairytale ending.

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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Tue, Jun 25, 2019.



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