One way dating pays off is the chance to split rent/a mortgage, the cable and internet bill, and file jointly on taxes, of course, but there are other less cut-and-dried benefits too:
A 2011 study from the American Journal of Epidemiology found that single men were 32 percent more likely to die a decade earlier than their married counterparts were. Women did not fare much better than men did, with a 23 percent likelihood of dying a full seven years or more earlier than their married peers did. A New York Times reportalso found that “married people are less likely to get pneumonia, have surgery, develop cancer or have heart attacks.”
Yep, we’ve reported on health benefits like that before! But consider these perks too:
Things such as companionship, health, longevity and the feeling of being loved offer a vivid quality of life that no amount of money can ever buy…
But buyer beware, the article says. The wrong guy can hurt your bottom line (and you):
Becoming emotionally invested in a mate who hurts a person financially might be too high a price to pay. Carefully noting any red flags in the area of finances early in a relationship can help fend off an involvement that could be unwise financially.
Diversifying an investment is the best way to protect against disaster and that is just as true in dating as it is in playing the stock market. The best way to guard against risk is to avoid putting all eggs into one basket. Savvy investors explore alternative investments, diversify their portfolios and explore emerging markets. The best way to make a good dating investment is to engage in the same kind of successful strategies. Spending all dating capital on just one person can incur a good deal of risk if that relationship doesn’t work out.
Easier said than done, but we will consider ourselves warned.
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