It has long been known, and repeatedly shown, that married men are healthier both physically and mentally than singe guys. What is less often reported is how marriage effects a woman’s health; a good marriage does not help her as much as it does her husband, and a bad marriage hurts her far more than it hurts her husband. There are a lot of theories about why this is – how men and women handle emotions, that woman are more relational, that men can zone out and women can’t, and so on. However, no matter why it’s true, it is true.
Even if your marriage is bad, the bottom line is that being married to her means you are going to be healthier, happier, and live longer than if you were single. For her the bottom line is that a poor marriage is worse than being single, and a bad marriage will take years off her life and leave her less happy along the way.
What’s does this mean? It means if you are not working to make your marriage good, you are giving your bride the short end of the stick. It means that the odds are your bride is less happy with your marriage than you are. It means you have more power – for good or bad – over her health and happiness than she has over yours.
What are you going to do about this?
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