Marriage changes people; and I'm not just talking about going to bed earlier and consuming a greater amount of Netflix. I've watched it happen over and over again as my friends and family find their "one" and hunker down in a new life together.
Scientifically, I'm right. Studies show that though many are hidden, there are several things that change for the better when a woman specifically says "I do." Here are just five.
You've got much better odds
In a wildly controversial article a few months ago, family studies expert Brad Wilcox presented evidence that women who are married are significantly less likely to be abused than those who are not married or have live-in boyfriends.
"Married women are notably safer than their unmarried peers," Wilcox wrote. "And girls raised in a home with their married father are markedly less likely to be abused or assaulted than children living without their own father."
Sure, you don't need a man to protect you; but the risk of sexual and physical abuse drops significantly when married. Considering 51.9 percent of women reported experiencing physical violence at one point in their life, this is a significant benefit.
You're happier than your unmarried friends
I'm not saying marriage is Disney Princess perfect, or that it's not possible to be happy being single. (Trust me, I know.) But while there are days you may daydream about coming home to having all your stuff exactly where you left it, and never finding the toilet seat up, studies show that those who are married are happier than those who are cohabiting.
The even better news, ladies, is that you are not alone in your happiness. Chances are, your husband is equally as happy as you are.
You've gained a lifelong bonus
"The benefit [of marriage] is perhaps seen most clearly by looking at how the decline of marriage and breakdown of families hits everybody's pocketbook," said Janice Shaw Crouse, in a speech for the World Congress of Families.
Hate colds (who doesn't)? Marriage is a good alternative. Amazingly, wives are less likely to have fewer minor illnesses as well as big-deal diseases, such as heart attacks and cancer, reported Focus on the Family.
Women who have honeys are also more likely to eat healthier, take fewer unnecessary risks and avoid excessive drinking and smoking.
You found the fountain of youth
There's some truth to John Lennon's song, "Grow Old Along With Me." Sweethearts who are married are significantly more likely to live a longer life, according to a 2012 Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health study. What's more, even those who at one point had been married have a longer life expectancy than those who had never been married.
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