Living Well: Long marriages are good for health

A study published by Taiwanese researchers in 2013 found that stability in marriage and financial security are two factors that reduce stress in life and lead to longer, healthier lives.
A study published by Taiwanese researchers in 2013 found that stability in marriage and financial security are two factors that reduce stress in life and lead to longer, healthier lives.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - 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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