There are many reasons why you should attempt to stay married and give serious thought to an alternative to getting divorced. There's the strife caused to your family (especially your children), finances and overall mental health. Well, sociologists out of Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania have found another very good reason for you to stay hitched: your safety.
Those two groups of researchers found that divorced people are more than twice as likely than married people to die from preventable causes of accidental death (things like fire, poisoning and smoke inhalation). The two groups were equally likely to die from less preventable causes of accidental death like air and water transportation accidents.
"Well-educated individuals, on average, have greater socio-economic resources, which can be used to their advantage to prevent accidental death (i.e., safeguarding a home from fire)," said Rice's Justin Denney, the lead author of the study. "And marital status is influential in that it can provide positive support, may discourage a partner's risk and offer immediate support that saves lives in the event of an emergency."
This comes on the heels of a Finnish study that reported that married couples in any age bracket have fewer heart attacks then their single counterparts.
Divorced People Are More Likely Than Married People To Die From Preventable Accidents, Study Says (Huffington Post)