Living Together Might Be Just as Beneficial as Marrying, Especially for Women

So much for the undying stereotype that women need marriage like a fish needs fish gills: New research has found that women get just as much of an emotional boost out of just shacking up as they do out of making it legal. And “emotional boosts” are supposed to be the lady drug of choice.

Source: Living Together Might Be Just as Beneficial as Marrying, Especially for Women

But if you don’t get married, how will you get all those useless presents on your registry?  I want a really good blender.  I also want a mixer because manual whisking is for suckers.

What the article doesn’t mention is that beyond culture, there are still many legal benefits, regulations and bureaucratic details that favor “married” couples.  Which is one component to why emotional stress diminishes…

Good News Unmarried Couples – Cohabitation is Good for You

In healthcare professions, it’s common knowledge that married people have better overall health and lower mortality than their unmarried peers. However, a new study published in AJPH indicates that adults who are cohabitating have midlife health outcomes that are similar to adults in formal marriages. So in terms of the benefits specific to marriage, we can probably strike “longer, healthier life” from the list.

Source: Good news for unmarried couples—cohabitation is good for you

This comes on the heels of the news about how sick families with children get.  So it’s healthy to live with others, to a point 😉

Study: How Family May Be Making Their Kids Fat

When it comes to obesity, people often blame overeating and a lack of exercise. But your family also plays a big role in whether you’ll become overweight, according to a new study published in the journal Preventive Medicine.

Source: How Your Family May Be Making You Fat

The findings weren’t surprising to me.  For adults, it provides some insight into how we came to be what we are.  But these are circumstances beyond our ability as children to be able to do anything about.  There’s no value in blaming our parents.

The article is however a reminder of our ability to influence the young and impressionable.  You might not be a parent, but you can still be a role model.

Your Friends Know When You’re Going to Die

There’s a troubling truth about self-knowledge and its limits: alarmingly often, when you’re faced with a big decision, you’re better off trusting the judgment of a friend – or even a stranger – than your own. To put it bluntly, you may be especially badly suited to figuring out whom you should marry, where you should live or what job you should do – precisely because you’re you.

For instance, according to a new study entitled “Your Friends Know When You’re Going To Die”, published in Psychological Science, if you want to predict the date of your death, you could do a lot worse than ask your friends. I don’t mean you should literally ask them to name a date. (That could cause some awkwardness at the restaurant table, I imagine.) But the things they know about you could still be the basis of the best estimate available.

Source: Your friends know more about your life than you do, including when you might die

Researchers found that your peers can predict your mortality, not because they’re psychic, but because a.) they know you—the real you, and the personality traits you possess (or don’t) that tend to affect longevity, and b.) there really is such a thing as crowd wisdom, if the crowd is comprised of people you know.

The study itself notes that it was conscientiousness and openness among men that predicted long life, but emotional stability and agreeableness (as rated by friends) that predicted many sunsets for women. And, in both cases, friends were better at predicting these traits than the self-reported assessments of the people themselves.