Living Well: Benefits of marriage

Long marriages are good for health, but the developed world is seeing a surge in divorce among long-married older couples

The recent marriage of former editor-in-chief of The Straits Times Peter Lim, 80, to educator Lindy Ong, 55, was announced in The Sunday Times last month with the headline Never Too Old To Marry. They are both my friends and I wish them every happiness.

The article also reported that the number of men aged 60 and above getting married in Singapore has nearly doubled between 2007 and 2017. This statistic also heartened me because people tend to live longer and be healthier if they are in a happy and romantic relationship. For decades, researchers have observed these "marriage benefits".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2019, with the headline 'Benefits of marriage '. Print Edition | Subscribe