Based on data from more than 9,100 Americans age 50 and older who took part in a national health survey in 1992, those who were married reported feeling healthier than those who never married. However, recently divorced or widowed responders were on average 20% more sickly than the lifelong bachelors of the group.
It's no surprise that the recession causes stress in people's lives. Pressure of any sort has a negative impact on relationships, but financial strain can cause even more of a burden between loved ones. While the recession is affecting relationships worldwide, for some reason it's having more of an impact on the marriages and relationships of American's than in other countries. Reuters reported that in a recent poll, 30 percent of Americans attested to the recession adding stress, strain, or ruining their relationship or marriage. This compared to only 23 percent of Canadians, 24 percent of French and 12 percent of Germans admitting that their relationships have hit a down cycle as the economy has done the same. While it may be interesting to dissect why Americans are suffering more than other nationalities, it seemed like a better idea to come up with tips to ensure your relationship doesn't fail because of economic woes. So here are four ways to recession-proof your marriage or relationship.
FOX's More To Love, which premiers tomorrow (July 28th), follows the typical reality T.V. dating show formula, except with one main difference: there's an added layer of vulnerability to the contestants, and dare-to-say-it a different shade of neurosis in these bachelorettes, which range in ages from 21 to 37 years and in weight from 180 to 270 pounds. It's a combination that sits in your stomach in different, sometimes conflicting ways; none more so then when the show bounces back and forth portraying its characters' weight as something to be celebrated, and at others times, something to be overcome (or worse, gawked at).
The results of the man survey (otherwise known as Askmen.com's Grate Male Survey) are in. And they have given us a rare, coveted glimpse into the male psyche. One of the questions, in particular, piqued our interest. It's semi cheating-related and reads as follows: "Have you ever fantasized about a girlfriend or wife's friend?" See how the men answered.
There's nothing wrong with being married five times. Just ask Elizabeth Taylor. Or Brigette Nielsen. Or, well, pretty much any middle-aged rock star. But between each walk down the aisle, we advise you to take some time out to do one little thing: divorce your previous spouse. Emily Horne, a 30-year-old woman in the UK, didn't bother to, and has now been sentenced to a ten-month suspended jail sentence because of it.
Several studies suggest that stunning ladies are not only more likely to have more children, but also more likely to have daughters. Thus evolution is causing an upswing in attractive women but not men.
Love Bytes: Four must-click sex, love and relationship links.
Apparently, red red wine does make one feel so fine and in more ways than a mellow '80s reggae hit would have you believe. In a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Italian researchers claim that levels of sexual desire are higher in women who prefer red wine as opposed to those who favor other alcoholic beverages.
Maybe the only reason women like Kate Gosselin treat their men like little kids is because their men act like little kids. Maybe if these men started behaving like men, their women would see them as men. Maybe, as Oprah has said multiple times, we teach people how to treat us. Askmen thinks so. And in a new article entitled, "Reverse Emasculating Trends," they tell their readers that if they want to stop being emasculated by their women, they'd better stop asking for it.
Often, a woman's birth control choice is based on word-of-mouth from friends (which pill relieved monster cramps; which procedure was covered by insurance), familiar routines unchanged since college (same old pink pill case) or even TV commercials (seen the ones that make taking birth control look like boarding a Caribbean cruise?). But as women cross over into the years beyond 30, there are new options that go beyond basic oral contraception and condoms.