Whether you are single or married, chances are that you are someone who is committed to a healthy lifestyle of exercising and eating organic, non-GMO foods and focused on nourishing your body with things that have the highest-level ingredients. I’ll bet you are exercising, possibly meditating and doing yoga.
What you probably don’t know is that there is something that will extend your life for many years, regardless of what you eat, or how you exercise.
Wanna guess what it is?
A happy marriage!
Research has proven that happily married couples receive the benefits of something called The Marriage Effect, which means that they are:
- More likely to live longer.
- More likely to be physically and mentally healthier and happier.
- More likely to recover from illness quicker and with greater success.
And for men, this is really important to know:
A 2007 study found that the rate of death of single men over age 40 was twice as high than that of married men. Marriage for men is a lifesaver.
And for those of you of the generation that would prefer to shack up over getting legally married, you need to know that living together is not the same as being married to each other. It was found that happy couples who are living together in a committed, unmarried relationship don’t receive the benefit of The Marriage Effect.
When I asked Harville Hendrix (love expert extraordinaire, whom Oprah calls The Marriage Whisperer) about it, he explained that it has to do with safety and security. On the unconscious level, those committed but unmarried couples do not experience the same level of safety that married couples do. Safety is one of our most profound human needs.
More good news: Sex can save your life! Just as you commit to eating right and exercising for your well being and health, it’s important to make sure you are having sex…the more the better. According to leading sex expert and researcher, Dr. Pepper Schwartz of the University of Washington, studies shows that for women, sex provides lower anxiety, more vitality, a higher quality of life all while building immunity.
For men, sex one time a month of more will reduce his risk of dying by 60%. The men who had sex twice a week (or more) were least likely to die and sex provides protection for men against cancer and heart disease.
So whether you are already married (and willing to make your marriage even better) or you are single seeking your soulmate, a happy, sexy marriage is one key to a long, satisfying healthy life. For road-tested tips on how to have a great marriage (or prepare for a great marriage) please check out my new book, Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate.
Wishing you love, laughter and Magical kisses,