By America’s #1 Love and Marriage Experts.

A recent report out of Israel suggests that a successful marriage substantially reduces the chances of stroke for men. It seems that if you are a man and UNhappily married, you have a 64% GREATER chance of having a stroke!

The report concludes that men in unhappy marriages have a 64% higher risk of stroke when compared to those happily married. Pretty good incentive to be happily married we’d say!

Morever, if you are a single man you have the same rate of stroke as an unhappily married man.

So here’s the deal, stay single or have an unhappy marriage, and increase your risk of having a stroke by 64%! Wow, is this an incentive for having a happy marriage or what!!

This study, like others we have reviewed recently, has left us wondering – what are the other benefits of successful marriage?

The truth is, married couples are better off by almost any standard than people who are not married. The record will show that married couples have higher incomes, longer lives, better health, less violence, fewer alcohol-related problems, and suffer from less poverty.

In the United States, there are, according to some estimates, 1,400 legal rights that are conferred upon married couples. Broken down, there are about 400 state benefits and over 1,000 federal benefits according to several government sources. There are most certainly many societal benefits to being married.

According to a number of research studies, there are many benefits afforded to the children of happily married parents including higher college attendance rates, greater probability of academic success, better physical and emotional health, decreased likeliness of abusing drugs and alcohol, lower divorce rates when they get married, less sexual activity as teenagers, and much reduced living-in-poverty. Children of successfully married parents have fewer developmental problems. There are most certainly many more benefits afforded to the children of successfully married parents.

And what are the benefits of a successful marriage for women? To begin with, happily married women are likely to be healthier and wealthier! They are less likely to abuse alcohol or drugs or commit suicide. They are much less likely to end up in poverty. Successfully married women have better relationships with their children, are physically healthier, and less likely to be victims of domestic violence.

So what about the benefits of a happy marriage for men? To begin with, happily married men live on average, 9 years longer than single men! They are physically and emotionally healthier, and have much more stable employment histories.

Successfully married men have more satisfying sexual relationships, get along better with their children, earn higher wages, are less likely to commit violent crimes, and are much more emotionally healthy. Married men who are committed to their marriage are also less likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, contract a sexually transmitted disease, or commit suicide.

You see, the benefits of marriage are numerous. Being happily and successfully married is about more that having fewer strokes! And the truth is, the benefits of marriage don’t only apply to men, they also apply to women, and to children. In fact, Wendy Wood of Texas A & M University, suggests that the benefits of a healthy marriage accrue more to women than to men!

As we have often said over the years in our many writings about our twenty-seven years of marriage research, marriage is alive and well around the world and is, irrespective of the politically correct attitude of many, the greatest contributor to social order in the world today. The fact that marriages outnumbered divorce worldwide this past year by 5 to 1, reinforces this notion. Marriage is popular worldwide and divorce is not.

As we have said over and over in our many blogs, articles, books, and missives over the years, a successful marriage is a good thing. Being in love for a lifetime is something to strive for. Having a successful marriage is something to strive for in life.

The many benefits that accrue to those who inhabit a successful marriage – their children, their friends and associates, and the society at large – are enormous.

As we have articulated in our new book, How to Marry the Right Guy, a successful marriage is not only desirable, it is achievable. And based on our travels and interviews on six of the world’s seven continents, we have concluded that the pervasive characteristics of a successful marriage are universal and they are replicable! We know what makes marriage work. Models of successful marriage abound! It is time for those who are married or contemplating marriage to get it right!

In the end, the benefits of a successful marriage are identifiable – they are quantifiable and measurable. A long-term happy marriage is something that can be achieved.

The divorce rate in America has been going down for nearly three decades. It is now less than 40% for first-time marriages. There are many lessons to learn and to emulate about successful marriage. We are delighted that more and more couples are learning the lessons and getting it right. And the truth is, the incentives for getting it right are many!

In Love and Marriage the Simple Things Matter. Work hard to be happily married. There are immense health benefits.

Creating a successful marriage is not always the easiest thing to do. Your visiting our blog suggests you are highly interested in making your marriage work! And truthfully, we have learned over 30 years of marriage research that there are proven effective ways to ensure a happy and healthy marriage. In fact, we took hundreds of tips from the thousands of happy couples we interviewed and put them into our award-winning and bestselling book, Building a Love that Lasts .

**Today, you can see how you stack up to the best marriages around the world. Take the Marriage Quiz to assess your chances of achieving a successful marriage of your own and buy How to Marry the Right Guy, to find out if your guy has the essential 33 characteristics to be a great husband.

By Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz
America’s #1 Love and Marriage Experts

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As America’s #1 Love and Marriage Experts and award-winning authors, Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz help international audiences answer questions about love, marriage and relationships. With over 30 years of research on love and successful marriage across seven continents of the world in 48 countries and their own 47-year marriage, the Doctors know what makes relationships work.

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