Which is better for your health? Is being single better or is being married better? Does it all depend on the person? An article that was published earlier this month in Business Insider states that being single is much better for you than being married however those who are hitched may strongly disagree.
June Hunt who is the CEO and founder of Hope for the Heart ministries says that life shouldn’t be all about finding the right person. It should be about making yourself the best that you can be so that you are the right person and then you can focus on finding someone. Relationship status is just a title. The article states that it is scientifically proven that if you are single you are happier in life. They say that getting married may be a really bad decision and that there are five scientifically proven benefits to being single. Those reasons are:
– A strong social network
– You don’t have to settle for anyone or anything
– You get to have alone time whenever you want
– You will have a fit body because you won’t be content with one person
– You will have a happy heart because it will not get broken
Janice Crouse who is a senior fellow and executive director at Concerned Woman for America’s Beverly LaHaye Instititute has 5 counter arguments to the article:
1. Money: Married couples are usually more wealthy than those who are single. Having two incomes certainly helps when it comes to finances.
2. Health: Crouse says that for heart health, the Business Insider was “cherry picking” data to make it look like they had proof to back up their claim.
3. Happiness: Crouse believes that happiness is when you finally find that someone that you are supposed to be with. She says that the drive to be married and to find a significant other can put people under a lot of pressure which goes away when you are no longer single.
4. Social Networks: The article says that singles have better social lives than married people do but Crouse disagrees. She says that married couples get out a lot more than singles do and create more friendships this way.
5. Longevity: A recent study from the University of Chicago was referenced by Crouse saying that the risk of premature death was higher in singles because of loneliness and depression.