Thursday, December 16, 2004

Get married, be happy

The Washington times reports on a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics:

Married adults are more likely to be healthier — physically and mentally — than divorced, widowed, cohabiting or never-married adults, a new federal report says.

Of course I'm happy to hear this news since I've been married for two and a half years or so . . . I thought I was feeling healthy and happy.

Researchers don't look at whether the data included same-sex couples, Mrs. Schoenborn added. However, the surveys clearly categorize adults who are "living with a partner," and the data shows that those who cohabit are not nearly as healthy as married adults.

I would also like to know if they studied the in-the-army-and-don't-live-together-much category.

It seems to me that marriage, with its commitment, discipline, and self-sacrifice naturally leads to a healthier, happier life, and it's nice to see that statistics agree, even if pop culture, with its incessant degradation of marriage on TV, in movies, and in ridiculous celebrity marriages doesn't.

I would argue, though, that a single person who demonstrates the qualities of commitment, discipline, and self-sacrifice will probably be healthy and happy too.