If you are reading this blog, it’s highly likely you are someone who is committed to a healthy lifestyle of exercising, meditating, doing yoga and eating organic, non-GMO foods and focused on nourishing your body with things that have the highest-level ingredients.

What you probably don’t know is that there is something that will extend your life for many years, regardless of what you eat. 

Wanna guess what it is? 

A happy marriage!

Research has proven that happily married couples receive the benefits of something called The Marriage Effect, which means that they are more likely to:

  • Live longer.
  • Be physically and mentally healthier and happier.
  • Recover from illness quicker and with greater success.

And for men, this is really important to know: 

One study found that the rate of death of single men over age 40 was twice as high than that of married men.

Marriage for men is a lifesaver.

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And for those of you of the generation that would prefer to shack up over getting legally married, you need to know that living together is not the same as being married to each other.

It was found that happy couples who are living together in a committed, unmarried relationship don’t receive the benefit of The Marriage Effect.

When I asked Harville Hendrix (love expert extraordinaire, whom Oprah calls “The Marriage Whisperer”) about it, he explained that it has to do with safety and security.

On the unconscious level, those committed but unmarried couples do not experience the same level of safety that married couples do. Safety is one of our most profound human needs.

What about those couples who lived together for years very successfully, but then got married and soon divorced? Harville says the reason stems from the emergence of the real work of marriage only after we take those sacred vows.

It seems that we have to work for our security, but the payoff is longevity and a more stable lifestyle.

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More good news: Sex can save your life! 

Just as you commit to eating right and exercising for your well being and health, it’s important to make sure you are having sex… the more the better. 

According to leading sex expert and researcher, Dr. Pepper Schwartz of the University of Washington, studies shows that for women, sex provides lower anxiety, more vitality, a higher quality of life all while building immunity.

For men, sex one time a month or more will reduce the risk of dying by 60%. The men who had sex twice a week (or more) were least likely to die and sex provides protection for men against cancer and heart disease.

Bottom line: A happy, sexy marriage is one key to a long, satisfying healthy life.

Arielle Ford

Arielle Ford

Arielle Ford is a leading personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. For the past 25 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. She is a love and relationship expert, and the author of 10 books including her newest, Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate (Harper One). Buy it now and receive many amazing bonuses, including a free 5-part video series featuring Iyanla Van Zant, Dr. John Gray. Dr. Pepper Schwartz Dr. Laura Berman and Drs. Gay and Katy Hendricks.

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