For Social Securityone partner can claim a full spousal benefit, which is equal to one half of your husband or wife's retirement benefit. In contrast, married men are more likely to get regular medical care and to benefit from a higher standard of living. Loneliness, depression, and social isolation also contribute to the excess mortality associated with bereavement, divorce, or never having married.
However, in some cases, the marriage penalty can hit low-income couples hard. Humans' animal instincts are wired for mating in one way or another.
But before we turn to the why, let's look at how marriage affects specific diseases, including America's leading killers, cardiovascular disease and cancer. More recently, scientists have begun to understand why married men enjoy better health than their single, divorced, and widowed peers.
One partner in a couple can be the resident bug swatter.