This is hardly a surprise since the opposite is so obvious to anyone who cares for people, whether a doctor, social worker, health visitor, teacher or pastor.
Studies show people in stable relationships stay healthier physically and emotionally, with greater resilience to stress and change than if they are on their own.
Women are more likely to take responsibility for their spouses' health.
A Scottish study in 1992 found a different explanation for the "health benefit" of marriage .
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The average risk of dying each year is lower if you are married - the effect is greater for men.
Married people also tend to adjust to illness or disability better.
All this adds fuel to the fire which is consuming the old values which have tended to poke fun at permanent relationships, as boring, old-fashioned or worse.
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Was it because married people are more likely to be better off?
Researchers wanted to find out how marriage kept so many of 1,042 55 year olds healthy.
Was it because spouses tend to take better care of their health?