If you haven't tied the knot it must bug the hell out of you every time you read a news story about how marriage is good for your health. But according to New Zealand researchers, you don't have to be married to enjoy a health boost. Being in a long-term relationship is just as good for you, they say, at least where your mental health is concerned.
The study, which involved 1,000 people, also suggests people who are in a lasting relationship are less likely to have alcohol or drug problems. And they are less likely to consider or attempt suicide too, the researchers claim.
The longer the relationship, the lower the rate of mental health problems, the researchers found. For instance, the survey found that by the age of 30, 16 had similar symptoms.
In comparison, however, only 9 of people whose relationship had lasted for between two and four years had the same depression symptoms.
How long have you been with your current partner? If it's been a long time, do you think the relationship has made you healthier?
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