Married Couples Aren’t Better Than Co-Habitators, Says Science

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I love it when grandmas are wrong! Turns out “living in sin” isn’t as bad as previously thought, if you listen to science. (Some grandmas don’t.)

A study in the Journal of Marriage and Family, found that married people don’t have any long term advantages over co-habitating couples in terms of their happiness, healthy, and social life. But who cares about that stuff anyway, right?

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Interesting: While married couples experienced health gains — likely linked to the formal benefits of marriage such as shared healthcare plans — cohabiting couples experienced greater gains in happiness and self-esteem. For some, cohabitation may come with fewer unwanted obligations than marriage and allow for more flexibility, autonomy, and personal growth.

My friends always joke that they’re just going to get married for the gifts, but think about how much money you have to spend to get the gifts! And I have heard stories of brides getting arthritis from writing all those Thank You notes.

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There are obviously ups and downs to both, but I like hearing this good stuff about living together! Tell me more, science! Will co-habitating increase my blood circulation!?

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