A study published in the ‘Journal of Marriage and Family’ reports that couples experience few advantages for well-being, health or social ties compared to those who just live together. Based on over 2700 people, the difference between marriage and cohabitation tend to be small. For some couples, living together may bring fewer obligations than marriage, which some prefer. Of course, marriage can bring long term stability and commitment that cohabitation may not offer, so marriages may last longer than those who cohabitate, bringing the benefits of a long -term stable relationship, which is highly related to longevity and better health.
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