Listen up lone wolves and wallflowers, recent studies have shown that being in a committed relationship reaps some serious health benefits that you just can’t get while being single. Here are just a few:
Healthcare is better and less expensive for couples
Perhaps you don’t have any healthcare, or perhaps you do. Either way, a major benefit for married couples is having better healthcare coverage. The reason is simple: laws allow for married couples to switch to their spouse’s insurance if it’s better than theirs. And since most married couples are covered under one plan, they save more money. With or without healthcare, people in committed relationships tend to live longer than single people.
Couples are Happier
Studies say that couples that share space, married or not, are happier. Reasons given include mutual support when moods are down, and that warm, fuzzy, “I got your back” feeling they have for one another.
Sex is better, and more frequent for couples
Research shows that couples who are committed to each other have the best sex, more of it, more often; despite what the stereotypes depict. In fact, it’s the single people who are the sexually frustrated ones. Why is this? Studies say people who are physically familiar with each other, and know how to mentally connect with their partner, make for great sex. These same studies point out that despite what singles say about their sex lives, there really tends to be a lot of frustration and fumbling between the sheets.
Single people are more likely to be depressed as they get older
These same studies also conclude that after a certain age, single people become more susceptible to depression than their coupled peers. This is because the “single life”, the parties, the vacations-for-one, all of those experiences that seemed so stimulating when they were younger, tend to lose their magic when there’s nobody permanent in their lives to share the joy with.