Social science has long held that people who are married have better health and higher levels of happiness than their single or divorced counterparts. One recent study, however, suggests that this strongly held belief may not be as rock-solid as once thought. Researchers took a look at marriage and health and found that not all marriages lead to improved health and happiness. This news may come as a relief for some Arizona spouses who have been considering divorce.
Researchers asked study participants to rank how much they feel supported within their marriage. Many respondents stated that while their partner seemed supportive some of the time, they were not so supportive other times. Those marriages were categorized as ambivalent.
When the health of all participants was measured, it became clear that simply being married did not equate to better health. The spouses who were in ambivalent marriages had lower levels of health than those who felt that their partner was almost always supportive. This led to the conclusion that not all marriages convey health benefits.
For many in Arizona, the decision to divorce is difficult to make. There are a number of factors that come into play, and the list is different for each and every spouse. For many, however, commonly held beliefs also play a role, such as the belief that married people are healthier than those who are divorced. Studies that challenge that long-held belief can give individuals the courage needed to make a significant life change and move forward to new lives.
Source: theledger.com, “Harrop: Does not tying the knot tie people in knots?“, Froma Harrop, Dec. 28, 2015