The Oregonian: Happier life starts with 'I do,' book says
Author: The Oregonian
Posted: October 12, 2012

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Being in love isn't the only reason to get married. 

Married couples, straight or gay (in states where gay marriage is legal), are likely to be healthier, happier and more economically stable than single people, according to a new textbook from Portland State professor Karen Seccombe. 

"Certainly not all marriages are good ones, but many are," she said. "And those marriages can increase your happiness, because you've got a partner to share the psychological load." 

And studies have found married couples are less likely to die of coronary heart disease, stroke, pneumonia or cancer and have longer life expectancies. 

Other findings in Seccombe's book: 

Cohabitating couples experience many of the same benefits but not always at the same level as legally married couples. 

Married couples are more likely to have health insurance, go to the doctor more often and have better health habits. 

-- The Oregonian