Stable Marriage Remains the Gold Standard of Lifestyles

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Stable Marriage Remains the Gold Standard of Lifestyles

According to estimates published in Enrichment Journal,1 the divorce rate in America is 41 percent for first marriages, 60 percent for second marriages, and 73 percent for third marriages.  Based on these statistics, experts say that, on average, 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, and about 40 percent of Americans will be divorced at least once.

Nevertheless, anthropologists and social biologists insist that humans are what they call a "pair-bonding species."  Ideally, humans choose one mate for life.  So, regardless of whether we believe that human nature was purposely designed by God or is simply the product of eons of natural selection, the fact remains that long-term monogamy produces results superior to all other alternatives simply because of the way people are made.  This is not just speculation or tradition; a rapidly growing body of scientific data supports this conclusion. 

For example, two researchers from UCLA and UC San Diego recently published a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health2 based on a longitudinal study of 67,000 adults in the U.S. between 1989 and 1997.  They found that compared to people who were still married, people who were divorced were 27 percent more likely to have died during the study period, and people who had been widowed were nearly 40 percent more likely to have died. 

Even more surprising, people who had never married were 58 percent more likely to have died than those who had remained married and stayed together. 

Health and gender played a role.  Generally, people in good health lived longer than those in poor health.  Women lived longer than men.  Age played a role as well, with younger people dying from external factors, such as infectious diseases, and older people dying of chronic diseases, such as heart attacks.  But men between the ages of 19 and 44 who had never married were twice as likely to die as men of the same age who stayed married. 

Moreover, a study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior3 showed that being divorced or widowed had a long-term effect on health, even in people who remarried.  The study from scientists at the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University showed that people who were now married and had previously been divorced showed poorer health in every measure.

People who lose a spouse to death or divorce have 20 percent more incidence of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases than married people...

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