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Could marriage be a catalyst for longer life?
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I am not sure about marriage (good for longer life) but happy marriage or happy spouse definitely leads to longer life. 

The spousal life satisfaction is associated with mortality, regardless of individual's socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, or their physical health status. The spouse's life satisfaction is an even better predictor of partner's mortality than partner's own life satisfaction. The people who have a happy partner are less likely to pass away as compared with people who have less happy partners.

In a marriage it is important to underscore the role of individual's immediate social environment in their health outcomes. Most importantly, it has the potential to extend the understanding of what makes up individual's "social environment" by including the personality and well-being of individual's close ones.

Life satisfaction is known to be associated with behaviors that can affect health, including diet and exercise, and people who have a happy, active spouse, for example, are likely to have an active lifestyle themselves. The opposite is also likely to be true.

If your partner is depressed and wants to spend the evening eating chips in front of the TV, then that's how your evening will probably end up looking, as well. Apparently greater partner life satisfaction is associated with lower participant mortality risk. Specifically, the risk of mortality for participants with a happy spouse increased more slowly than mortality risk for participants with an unhappy spouse. The association between partner life satisfaction and mortality risk held even after accounting for major sociodemographic variables, self-rated health and morbidity, and partner mortality.

It is also true that perceived partner support is not related to lower participant mortality. However, higher partner life satisfaction is related to more partner physical activity, which corresponded to higher participant physical activity, and lower participant mortality.

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Yes,if you married your friend,your own..... someone that understands you and you find happiness together

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Well I don't think there's any sure catalyst for a longer life apart from eating healthy, exercising and gaining peace of mind and I don't think marriage comes right out of the box with these things. If anything, most marriages I come across make make you live a shorter life because you're always worrying about your duties as a parent and as a partner.

Personally, I believe that for marriage to be a catalyst for a long life then you and your partner must be completely and absolutely commited to helping each other and being each others support, if that's not there then being married is probably going to shorten your lifespan.

I hope this helps.

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Marriage? NO, Right partner for marriage, yes.  if anything, marriage for some people has been a  getaway to their early graves. 

like a recent story of a woman that i came across yesterday who got murdered by her husband, barely 6mos into their marriage, forced to leave two very young and beautiful kinds motherless. 

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A harmonious marriage can make your mood happy and help your health. A turbulent marriage is not conducive to physical and mental health.

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